By Casciani, S. (ed.), Santa Casciani
The essays during this quantity deal with the interrelationship among Dante and the Franciscan highbrow culture and exhibit how all disciplines can come jointly to make clear how the Franciscan highbrow part informs quite a bit of Dantes writing and the way in flip Franciscan writing is educated by means of Dante's paintings.
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Ed. G. Mollat (Paris: Champion, 1926), 1. 110: “quod errores suos et opiniones hujusmodi pestiferas ipsi habuerunt et collegerunt partim quidem ex libris seu opusculis fratris Petri Johannis Olivi . . s. 32 Olivi taught as a lector in Santa Croce from 1287–89, and Dante may have met him then. Dante tells us in the Convivio that at one point in his life he began to frequent “the schools of the religious and the debates of the philosophers,” which most commentators have identiﬁed as the schools attached to the Franciscan and Dominican churches Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella,33 though Dante identiﬁes this time as following the death of Beatrice in 1290.
54 Dante’s biblical citations reach their climax with a turn to the Apocalypse, as he ﬁnds in the papal simonists the fulﬁllment of apocalyptic prophecy. Di voi pastor s’accorse il Vangelista, quando colei che siede sopra l’acque puttaneggiar coi regi a lui fu vista; quella che con le sette teste nacque, e da le diece corna ebbe argomento, ﬁn che virtute al suo marito piacque. (Inferno 19. ) The imagery that the pilgrim uses here derives from chapter 17 of the Apocalypse, and we ﬁrst need to come to an understanding of how Dante’s use of this imagery accords with his biblical source.
In Dante’s hands we have the image of a married woman who is now, because of her husband’s changing taste, fornicating with kings. ” The woman then ﬂees to the wilderness, to a place prepared for her by God. This woman was usually identiﬁed, as she is in the Glossa Ordinaria, with the Church, and the conﬂict between the woman and the dragon was read as representing the struggles of the early Church. Dante seems to take this woman of Apocalypse 12 and read her into the harlot of chapter 17, thereby creating the image of the Church corrupted.