Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 9: EARTH’S SHADOW

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EARTH’S SHADOW

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Earth has a shadow

Its highest point is Venus

It touches Venus

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Dante is clever in the way he organizes The Divine Comedy. In the Inferno, in Canto 9 we go through the Gates of Dis. In the Purgatory, in Canto 9 we go through the gates of Purgatory(we go from Prepurgatory into Purgatory Proper. In the Paradise, in Canto 9 we go from the planets that are touched by the shadow of the Earth to the Sun, which is not touched by the shadow of the Earth and thus is purer), according to Dante. Dante believed that the Earth cast a cone-shaped shadow, and the highest point the shadow reached was the planet Venus.  

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