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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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The Rock and the Vine: Pier della Vigna, Dante, and the Imagery of Empire

The Rock and the Vine: Pier della Vigna, Dante, and the Imagery of Empire

(p.121) 8 The Rock and the Vine: Pier della Vigna, Dante, and the Imagery of Empire
Dante and Governance

Martin Mclaughlin

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the analogy between the fate of Dante and that of his literary precursor here, Pier della Vigna. It considers the role of the intellectual in the politics of Italy and Empire. Starting from the many analogies between the two men, it discusses the treatment of their particular emperors (Frederick II and Henry VII) as revealed in an analysis of their Latin works, notably Pier della Vigna's Elogium and Dante's Epistolae. The comparison throws up some crucial differences between the two propagandists' exploitation of the imagery of Empire, which in turn casts light on certain approaches to the management of imperial government.

Keywords:   Commedia, Pier della Vigna, Elogium, Epistolae, Empire imagery, Inferno, Romieu, Frederick II, Henry VII

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