Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 22: THE PAGAN PROPHET

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Virgil (via Wiki Commons)

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THE PAGAN PROPHET

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Virgil prophesized

“A new child comes from Heaven”

Statius converted

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NOTE: Statius is not known to be a Christian; indeed, he is considered a pagan. So why and how did he convert to Christianity, according to Purgatory? In his Eclogue 4, Virgil wrote about a child coming from Heaven; this was later interpreted as a prophecy about the coming of Christ. Statius read this, and he converted to Christianity; however, he kept his conversion secret, and because of his lack of zeal, he spent 400 years purging his sin of sloth.

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