Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Parallel exempla: a theological reading of Dante's terrace of pride (Purgatorio X-XII)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

DOI

Open Access permissions

Open

Abstract

The terrace of pride is framed by three examples of humility (Pg. x.34-93) and twelve (or thirteen) examples of pride (Pg. xii.25-63); its centrepiece is Dante-character's encounter with three prideful souls (Pg. xi.37-142). These three groups fall into three different cantos, and scholars have typically addressed them on their own. With each group, questions have arisen about Dante's choice of exempla, and scholars have been particularly puzzled by Dante's list, and ordering, of the exempla of pride (which has become, indeed, a crux of its own). This article interprets these three groups together as a triptych, and proposes that Dante's choice of exempla becomes understandable when we interpret them in relation to each other in terms of Dante's moral purpose for the terrace as a whole. It argues that Dante invites his reader to reflect upon the three prideful souls identified (Omberto, Oderisi and Salvani) and upon the three groups of prideful examples (delineated by the acrostic 'VOM') in counterposition with the three exempla of humility (Mary, King David and Trajan). By relating these three parts of the terrace and by drawing on a range of theological contexts, it shows how Dante models, in this way, a spiritual exercise of conversion from pride to humility.
Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-96
JournalLe Tre Corone
Volume4
Early online date1 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Annunciations: sacred music for the twenty-first century

    Corbett, G. (ed.), 1 May 2019, Cambridge: Open Book Publishers. 392 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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

    Corbett, G., 1 Mar 2019, In : Studi Danteschi. 83, p. 55-71 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Mary as a model for creative people: establishing theologian-composer partnerships with James MacMillan

    Corbett, G., 2019, Annunciations: sacred music for the twenty-first century. Corbett, G. (ed.). Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, p. 31-43 13 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  4. Introduction

    Corbett, G., 2019, Annunciations: sacred music for the twenty-first century. Corbett, G. (ed.). Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, p. 1-6 6 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  5. Moral structure

    Corbett, G., Dec 2018, The Cambridge Companion to Dante's Commedia. Barański, Z. & Gilson, S. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 61-78 18 p. ( Cambridge Companions to Literature).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

ID: 243180272

Top