Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 16: FLORENCE HAS CHANGED

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FLORENCE HAS CHANGED

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Wives live, sleep alone

Florence has changed for the worse

Much factionalism

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NOTE: In Cantos 15-16, Cacciaguida talks about how Florence has changed from his day to Dante’s day. In Cacciaguida’s day, Florentine husbands stayed home. In Dante’s day, husbands travel on business, leaving their wives at home: The husbands travel to France, buy merchandise at one of the great fairs there, and then return to Italy and sell the merchandise at a profit. Also, since Cacciaguida’s day, extreme factionalism has arisen in Florence. This extreme factionalism is between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, and between the White Guelphs and the Black Guelphs.

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