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Dante Alighieri as all great writers of the Middle Ages was the heir of the Greek Roman and Christian worlds How does the Divina Commedia exemplify this As Virgil leads Dante through the depths of Hell in Inferno the reader is immediately made aware of some of the fears Dante has Walking with his mentor Dante can only recollect two men who have ever traveled to the place where he is headed Dante stresses to Virgil But why should I go there Who sanctions it For I am not Aeneas am not Paul nor I nor others think myself so worthypg 15 lines 31-33 Dante does however prove to be worthy throughout the journey right up until the end where the to travelers meet Lucifer himself The reason that Dante is able to hold such an honor is simple and is displayed throughout the book By bringing certain events into the story making particular references in the text and dealing with historical events in certain ways Dante is able to use the Divina Commedia as a symbol What this symbol represents exactly is that Dante is a rightful heir to the Greek Roman and Christian worlds The intermingling of concepts from the different eras is the main reason that Dante is able to claim such status On such example of this is the way Dante reasons with and in turn deals with some of the punishments The story of Guido da Montefeltro is the best example of this concept When Guido died and St Francis came for his soul a demon interfered In Canto XXVII the reader learns of Guidos plight how he gave bad advice to Pope Boniface but was given absolution in advance The demon argues that Guido belongs in the Eight Circle Eight Pouch with the fraudulent counselors His reason is that one cant absolve a man whos not repented and no one can repent and will at
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