Garage Inferno, Florence, Italy

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Photo by Alex Bertland, 2009

Dante On the Bus: Piazza San Marco, Florence, Italy

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Photo by Arielle Saiber, 2009

Piazza del Limbo, Florence, Italy

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Contributed by Patrick Molloy

Image from Dante’s View, Death Valley, California

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Cgil Strike, Genova, December 2008

cgil-strike-genovaThe sign cites (with a little alteration) from Inferno XXVI, 118-120
Considerate la vostra semenza:
fatti non foste a viver come bruti,
ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza.’
Consider well the seed that gave you birth:
you were not made to live your lives as brutes,
but to be followers of worth and knowledge.
(trans. Mandelbaum)

Contributed by Virginia Jewiss (Humanities Program, Yale University)

Dante Park, Columbus Ave and W 63rd St., NYC

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(photo by Steven Maginnis)

“The New York branch of the Dante Alighieri Society had intended to erect a Dante monument on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Italian unification in 1912. Carlo Barsotti, editor of Il Progresso (the first Italian daily newspaper in the United States), urged subscribers to contribute towards the creation the statue. . . The monument was dedicated that year, which was the 600th anniversary of Dante’s death. . .In 1921 the south portion of Empire Park was officially renamed by the Board of Aldermen for Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321).” [. . .]    —NYC GovParks

Dante in Protest

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(Photo by Kavi Montanaro, October 21, 2008)

Banner on Via dei Servi in Florence, Italy. Students, faculty, and parents protesting funding cuts in education and privatization of the school and university systems.
Virgil is saying to Dante, “But no, Dante!… Even Inferno is now privatized… A single fiorino [medieval unit of currency] is no longer enough…”

Two Streets in Florence

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(Photo by Kavi Montanaro, 2008)

Dante Drives a Honda Civic

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Cambridge, MA with CT plates

(Photo by Dien Ho, 2008)

“The Divine Therapy”

divine-therapy-new-york-times“‘It’s an inferno in here,’ yelled a middle-aged woman as she plunged into a foul-smelling hot spring in central Italy. She wasn’t the first to compare these scorching sulfur baths to Hell. In Canto XIV of Inferno, Dante wanders past a pool oozing with boiling red water and is reminded of these thermal spas about an hour north of Rome ‘whose waters are shared with prostitutes.’ . . .
That may explain why spas like Bulicame seem to hold more appeal for the locals. In addition to being free, its commercial-free atmosphere and ancient Roman ruins infuse the bath with history. Besides, Dante’s journey through Inferno and Bulicame eventually led him to Paradiso.” []    –David Farley, The New York Times, August 26, 2007