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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 22: Saturn — Saint Benedict”

“Canto 22: Saturn — Saint Benedict” The way that poets work in the Purgatory, contemplatives work in Paradise.We met poets at the beginning and at the end of the Purgatory. Similarly, we meet contemplatives at the beginning and at the end … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 21: Saturn — Symbolic Ladder; Saint Peter Damian”

“Canto 21: Saturn — Symbolic Ladder; Saint Peter Damian” Who is Semele? One should not be temperate in some things. One is Love. Unconditional Love is not temperate. However, even though Beatrice’s beauty is not temperate — she becomes more and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 20: Jupiter — Two Pagans in Paradise (Ripheus and Trajan)”

“Canto 20: Jupiter — Two Pagans in Paradise (Ripheus and Trajan)” Briefly describe the six famous souls who championed justice on Earth. As seen in profile, the Eagle’s eye is composed of six famous souls (two Christians, two Jews, and two … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 19: Jupiter — Symbolic Eagle”

“Canto 19: Jupiter — Symbolic Eagle” What about the salvation of pagans, and how does that relate to the idea of a just God? In this sphere, no soul speaks individually. Instead, the eagle, which is composed of many souls, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 18: Jupiter — Lovers of Justice”

“Canto 18: Jupiter — Lovers of Justice” Who are some of the famous soldier-souls whom Cacciaguida identifies to Dante? The cross in the sky has eight holy warriors whom Cacciaguida identifies: Joshua Joshua was the successor of Moses and the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 17: Mars — Cacciaguida’s Prophecy”

“Canto 17: Mars — Cacciaguida’s Prophecy” Which prophecy does Cacciaguida make, and how does Dante react to it? Now that Cacciaguida has talked about the past and the present, he begins to talk about the future. (Beatrice encourages Dante to … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 16: Mars — Cacciaguida’s Florence”

“Canto 16: Mars — Cacciaguida’s Florence” Can Dante properly take pride in having Cacciaguida as an ancestor? Dante takes pride in his ancestor, and he says that he now understands why men on Earth take “pride in noble blood” (Musa … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 15: Mars — Cacciaguida”

“Canto 15: Mars — Cacciaguida” Why are Cantos 15, 16, and 17 important? In Cantos 15-17, Dante meets his great-great grandfather, who tells him his great mission to accomplish on Earth: to write The Divine Comedy. Cantos 15-17 are the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 13: Sun — Saint Thomas Aquinas Discusses Solomon” and “Canto 14: Sun — Solomon; Mars — Symbolic Cross”

“Canto 13: Sun — Saint Thomas Aquinas Discusses Solomon” What does Saint Thomas mean when he says that Solomon has no equal in wisdom? St. Thomas is aware that Dante believes that God’s light shone brightest in Adam, the first … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 12: Sun — Saint Bonaventure Praises Saint Dominic”

“Canto 12: Sun — Saint Bonaventure Praises Saint Dominic” Who was Saint Bonaventure? Who is he, historically? As Saint Thomas finishes speaking, his circle of wise souls is joined by another circle of wise souls. The second circle goes around … Continue reading

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