Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 12: NIOBE

EB1911_Greek_Art_-_Niobe_and_her_Youngest_Daughter

Niobe, in an agony of grief, which is in the marble tempered and idealized, tries to protect her youngest daughter from destruction. (Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence); Public Domain, via Wiki Commons

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NIOBE

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guilty of great pride

seven sons, seven daughters

all killed on same day

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NOTE: Niobe was the mother of seven sons and seven daughters, which made her so proud that she said she was better than the goddess Leto, who had given birth to only two children: her son Apollo and her daughter Artemis. This made Apollo and Artemis angry, and so they killed all of Niobe’s children on the same day.

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https://davidbruceblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/dantes-purgatory-canto-12-retelling-first-ledge-exempla-of-pride/

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