Today In Fact, 14 September

Today we can celebrate the man who invented Italian. Born in Florence in 1265, Dante Alighieri was exiled in his 30’s and died in Ravenna. For this great poet and father of modern Italian, exile was a form of death.

His masterpiece was the Divine Comedy and his depictions of the layers of hell reflect a keen and humorous understanding of the vices and their respective sinfulness: Lust is regarded as the least sinful vice, followed by gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and finally treachery.

This profoundly Christian allegory of the human soul was framed in the language of common usage and thus forms the cornerstone upon which Italian as a language is built.

– Posted by Douglas Racionzer ( )

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