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Dante, Epicuro, e Firenze: Una rilettura contestuale del dialogo fra Cavalcante e Dante (Inf. X 52-72)

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Questo saggio analizza la strategia autoriale di Dante nel canto X dell’Inferno, contestualiz- zando con nuove prospettive il dialogo con Cavalcante de’ Cavalcanti (vv. 52-72). Nella prima parte si affronta la ricezione della filosofia epicurea, nella seconda si mette in luce la filigrana scritturale e teologica dell’episodio. La terza parte si interessa alla magistrale combinatoria che mette insieme materiale storico e prospettive temporali allargate, fermo immagine e profezia. La quarta parte propone una possibile soluzione interpretativa per questo dialogo ambiguo e misterioso, che Sapegno ha definito uno «dei più difficili e discussi luoghi del poema».

[This article presents a contextual analysis of Dante’s authorial strategy in Inferno X, opening up an original perspective on the central dialogue between Cavalcante and Dante (vv. 52-72). The first part examines Dante’s distinctive reception of Epicurean philosophy; the second, the Scriptural and theological subtexts which underpin the episode. The third part shows how Dante, with supreme artistry, combines a meticulous organisation of his historical material with the mechanisms of time-long-sightedness, freeze-frame, and prophecy. The fourth part proposes a possible critical solution to the mysterious and ambiguous dialogue, described by Sapegno as one of «the most difficult and discussed passages of the poem»].
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Translated title of the contributionDante, Epicurus and Florence: A Contextual Re-reading of the Dialogue between Cavalcante and Dante (Inf. X 52-72)
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)55-71
Number of pages17
JournalStudi Danteschi
Volume83
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019

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  • Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Atheism, Augustine, Cavalcante dei Cavalcanti, Epicurus, Farinata degli Uberti, Florence, Guido Cavalcanti, Inferno 10

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