Title

The Role of Reason and Love in Dante’s Divine Comedy

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Dr. Maria G. Simonelli

Subject Area

Classical Studies

Abstract

The way of reason must yield to the way of the heart. In Dante’s Divine Comedy, the Latin poet Vergil metaphorically represents reason, which leads Dante through Hell. However, reason can take us only on the threshold of redemption, at the border of Purgatory. To reach the final destination of our life, only Love, metaphorically represented by Beatrice, can lead us to the vision of Transcendence. There our troubled heart will find rest. In fact,Inquietum est cor nostrum donec requiescat in te Domine” (Augustine, Confessions,1.1.1).

Brief Bio Note

Professor of Italian and Latin at Monmouth University, where I have been teaching for 20 years.

Keywords

Dante Alighieri, Reason, Love

Location

Coastal Georgia Center

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

4-7-2016 9:40 AM

End Date

4-7-2016 10:00 AM

Embargo

1-26-2016

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The Role of Reason and Love in Dante’s Divine Comedy

Coastal Georgia Center

The way of reason must yield to the way of the heart. In Dante’s Divine Comedy, the Latin poet Vergil metaphorically represents reason, which leads Dante through Hell. However, reason can take us only on the threshold of redemption, at the border of Purgatory. To reach the final destination of our life, only Love, metaphorically represented by Beatrice, can lead us to the vision of Transcendence. There our troubled heart will find rest. In fact,Inquietum est cor nostrum donec requiescat in te Domine” (Augustine, Confessions,1.1.1).