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Dante and Governance$
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John Woodhouse

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159117.001.0001

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Politics and Theology in Inferno X

Politics and Theology in Inferno X

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(p.85) 6 Politics and Theology in Inferno X
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Dante and Governance
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Valerio Lucchesi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159117.003.0006

In Inferno X, Farinata degli Uberti provides a curious example of the internecine strife and at the same time of Florence's inability to recognize a worthy citizen destroyed by the schismatic forces inevitably created by contemporary affiliations. Farinata's arrogance, here put into relief by Cavalcante's timidity, was a widespread feature of the Florentine aristocratic class, the magnates, to which he belonged. The great Ghibelline's social presumptuousness and his claim to be beyond and above human justice were projected into his afterlife, notably by his denial of the possible survival of the soul. In this episode, parochial politics is extended not only to the imperial struggle but also beyond the grave in a display of arrogance which involves the loss of Farinata's mortal resting place in Florence and the eternal possession of a fiery tomb in Hell.

Keywords:   Inferno X, Farinata degli Uberti, Florence, de' Cavalcanti, Hell

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