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Renaissance-Era Method of Highlighting

Renaissance-Era Method of Highlighting Education Philosophy Social Studies World History

This image depicts a page from Gregorio de' Gregoriis da Forlì’s 1515 edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy. He, unlike other printers, only produced one edition of Dante’s famous work.

Notre Dame University, which has an amazing collection of various Divine Comedy publications, has a copy of this work. Notre Dame's curators tell us about the pointing fingers which appear on both pages:

This particular copy is also interesting for the pointing fingers drawn in the margins which provide insight into how Dante was read during the Renaissance. Here the reader has highlighted two proverbial expressions of Dante's guide Virgil from Inferno XXIV: "... sitting on down or under coverlet, no one comes to fame (47-48)"; and "... a fit request should be followed by the deed in silence" (77-78).

Dante's poem, as with many other literary classics, has often been reduced by readers to a sourcebook for familiar quotations and moral maxims.

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Image online, via Notre Dame University's website on Dante's Divine Comedy.

 

 

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