Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 6: ROMEO DI VILLENEUVE

Romée_de_Villeneuve,_baron_de_Vence

Source: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

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ROMEO DI VILLENEUVE

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very competent

found good husbands — royalty

for boss’s daughters

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Romeo di Villeneuve is a person who did great deeds, but whose great deeds went unrewarded. The name Romeo means “a pilgrim to Rome.” He got good husbands for the four daughters of a count named Raymond Berenger; in fact, each daughter married a king or the brother of a king. However, because of Romeo’s success other people envied him, and he lost his position. Romeo then begged for his bread in exile. In a similar position, Pier della Vigne committed suicide. Soon, Dante will be in a position in the Land of the Living where he will have to taste others’ bread — if he resists the temptation to commit suicide.

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