The Cosmology of Dante


THE study of the cosmological ideas set forth in Dante's great poem is of considerable interest, not only because it helps us to understand many parts of the poem which otherwise might appear obscure, but also because Dante is a faithful interpreter of the opinions about the construction of the universe which were prevalent in his day. In this respect he is unique among poets. In the present article we shall trace the origin and gradual development of the system of the world adopted by Dante, without entering on minute interpretations of particular passages.

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DREYER, J. The Cosmology of Dante. Nature 107, 428–430 (1921).

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