The Politics of Dante Book Review by Luke Landry

The Politics of Dante
An analysis of the politics of Dante as defined in his "Commedia".
# 108307 | 3,688 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Oct 02, 2008 in Literature (Italian) , Political Science (General) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper discusses how, with his works as complex and meaningful as they are, there is no doubt that Dante Alighieri's "Commedia" presents a political and moral message. Through an analysis of "Commedia" and its political messages and a comparison to the political theories of the time it was written, the paper concludes that Dante wrote a complex narrative beaming with a political undertones.

From the Paper:

"Beyond separation of church and state, Dante takes other cues from Aristotle. Among these are his views on classical morality as it relates to political productivity. It is important then to remember why Dante needed to create a new political system. He was at war with a theory that he was opposed to in every sense, and was banished from his home because of it. He had grown up at a time of much disaster and violence, and as such deeply searched for a new political system where peace and productivity could flourish. This system would obviously be based on Aristotle, as he talked at great lengths about morality and the prerequisites of a stable nation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alighieri, Dante. Inferno. Trans. Anthony Esolen. New York: The Modern Library, 2002.
  • Carter, Barbara Barclay. "Dante's Political Ideas." The Review of Politics 5.3 (July 1943): 339-355.
  • Friederich, W.P. "Dante through the Centuries." Comparative Literature 1.1 (Winter 1949): 44-54.
  • Frost, S.E., Jr. Great Philosophers. New York: Barnes & Noble, INC. , 1956.
  • Gilbert, Allan. "Did Dante Dedicate the Paradiso to Can Grande della Scala?" Italica 42.2 (Jan. 1966): 100-124.

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