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VIRGILS INFLUENCE ON AND IN DANTES INFERNODante Alighieri was born in Florence Italy in 1265 In his life he created two major books of poetry Vita Nuova and The Comedy The Comedy which was later renamed The Divine Comedy is an epic poem broken down into three books in each of which Dante recounts his travels through Hell Purgatory and Heaven The first book of The Comedy Dantes Inferno is an especially creative narrative He narrates his descent and observation of Hell through the various circles and pouches An excellent poet himself Dante admired much about Virgil revering him to such an extent that he turned him into the guiding character the teacher to Dante the pilgrim in the Purgatory and Inferno Dante borrowed from Virgil much of his language style and content While Dante improved upon Virgils works in many respects his changes in the theological content in particular reveal the differences between the religious views of the afterworldunderworld of the two authors respective time periods Other writers that I have encountered describe Dantes extremely ordered otherworld A large portion of Dantes Inferno is merely an expansion of one book VI -the Underworld of Virgils Aeneid Though much of Dantes Hell is original he seemed to use the Aeneid as a base and the parts which he did extract from the Aeneid he carefully altered for his own purposes and beliefs In pursuing his Christian vision of the afterlife Dante created an otherworld theoretically and visually different from yet still remarkably similar to Virgils Underworld Dante of course structured his Hell to fit the theology and dogmas of his Christian beliefs but still used the Aeneid as his foundation Thus in order to portray the Christian universe and to represent the afterworld concepts of justice for ones actions during life Dante used Virgils Aeneid for both the inspiration to create and the tools to do soSimilarities between Virgils Underworld and Dantes Hell are fairly
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