1.i. Pagan Dawn of a Christian Vision

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The chapter ‘Pagan Dawn of a Christian Vision’ is the first of the thirty-four ‘vertical readings’ in the three edited volumes (2015, 2016, 2017). The chapter demonstrates the hermeneutic fruitfulness of the ‘vertical perspective’, underlining Dante’s striking and strange emphasis on pagans and on natural ethics and philosophy at the beginning of each canticle about a different realm of the Christian afterlife: Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso. The chapter provides original arguments for the theological and political motivations underlining this peculiar emphasis, arguments which emerged because of approaching these cantos through the innovative paradigm of ‘vertical reading’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVertical Readings in Dante's Comedy, ed. by George Corbett and Heather Webb (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2015)
EditorsGeorge Corbett, Heather Webb
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherOpen Book Publishers
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78374-174-8, 978-1-78374-175-5, 978-1-78374-176-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-78374-172-4, 978-1-78374-173-1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Corbett
  • Pagan
  • Christian
  • Vertical Reading

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