Ravenna Italy and Dante

A quiet area in Ravenna on a warm grey day.

Dante’ s tomb was carefully decorated. He is highly thought of as one who used the vernacular so the common folk could read. He was able to educate villagers and many Italian sayings still come from his work.

Dante’s most famous work is ” The Divine Comedey”. It is a long poem divided into three books. In the first book Dante is guided through hell by the poet Virgil. Virgil again guides him through purgatory for book 2 but Beatrice guides him in Paradise. This was all done with lights, voices in Italian (English subtitles ) with music in a very modern museum. It was exhausting in its drama.

( Personally I believe in a heaven, which will be here on earth after 1000 years and a quick second death for the wicked. No hell, no purgatory. Only Satan will have a 1,000 years to think about what he has done.)

Some of the lighting used while telling the story of Dante. Here are a few of his famous sayings:

Worldly fame is but a breath of wind that blows now this way, and now that.

The customs and fashions of men change like leaves on the bough, some of which go and others come.

The more perfect a thing is the more susceptible to good and bad treatment it is.

Will cannot be quenched against its will.

“Nature is the art of God. ” Dante

Ravenna is also known for its mosaics. A work of intricate detail in Basilica di Sant Appollinare in Classe.

The apse and the triumphal arch contain one of the largest surface areas of mosaic from ancient times starting from the 6th century.
The Basillica is a UNESCO heritage site.

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil , and Satan, and bound him a thousand years. (Satan’s loneliness and boredom without us is what chains him. A very interesting chapter. Dante visited these thoughts and the Bible talks about them too. Sandy’s wording.)

Revelations 20: 1,2

Thank you for sparing a thought with me for Dante. Someone I ‘met ‘ in Ravenna. Here is one last saying from him in my post.

“I wept not, so to stone within I grew.”



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