Union City Area High School Inferno models

Students of Hyle Daley’s 10th Grade literature class at Union City Area High School (Penn.) make 3D models of Dante’s Inferno every year.

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Contributed by Hyle Daley

Dante Alighieri Battleship


“Here are photographs of my model of the Italian dreadnought battleship Dante Alighieri. It is built in 1:550 scale. Dante Alighieri is the only battleship that I know of that is named after a poet. Dante Alighieri was the first battleship designed with triple turrets and was allegedly the fastest battleship in the world upon entering into service. As with the other Italian battleships, her career during World War I was uneventful, being limited to the bombardment of Durazzo in October 1918. Unfortunately, her main armament arrangement did not permit accommodation for modernization due to space limitations, so she was scrapped in 1928. The model represents the ship as built and before her 1923 modernization when her forward funnels were raised and she was given a tripod foremast. With her four funnels, she is a very interesting ship.”    –Gregory Shoda, SteelNavy

Contributed by Bernard Barryte

Dante’s Reconstructed Face?

dantes-reconstructed-face-reuters“Gruppioni told Reuters in a telephone interview that the multi-disciplinary project discovered that Dante probably did have a hooked nose but it was pudgy rather than pointy and crooked rather than straight, almost as if he had been punched.” [. . .]    –Philip Pullella, Reuters, January 11, 2007

Contributed by Kate Moon (Bowdoin, ’09)