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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 25: Gemini — Saint James Examines Dante’s Hope”

“Canto 25: Gemini — Saint James Examines Dante’s Hope” Which apostle examines Dante in the virtue of hope? Saint James examines Dante in hope. Dante, of course, hoped all his life to be able to return out of exile to Florence. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 24: Gemini — Saint Peter Examines Dante’s Faith”

“Canto 24: Gemini — Saint Peter Examines Dante’s Faith” Dante will be examined in the virtues faith, hope, and love. My students at Ohio University have to take final exams to show what they have learned; the same is true of … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 23: Gemini — Christ, Mary, and the Saints”

“Canto 23: Gemini — Christ, Mary, and the Saints” What does Dante see in the sphere of the fixed stars? Christ in Triumph Beatrice is very attentive at the beginning of this canto; she is eagerly waiting for something to arrive. … Continue reading

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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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