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Notes on the end of Augustine and beginning of Inferno Augustine 10-13 - narrative forward movement, journey is over – no progression - written as a “view from above” where he can “just be” – speaks directly to God about deep things -understand workings of the Universe - finally “you are your own rest” – text and inquiry stop, God is absolute, no questions - very stark contrast with Dante, whose God is movement - Augustine has a Platonic view of God, fixed and perfect - Dante is Aristotelian Dante - Dante is writing in the 1300’s – huge jump from Augustine, though there are many important texts in between, many of them influenced by Christianity - Dante starts writing The Divine Comedy in 1307-1308, but it takes place in 1300 when Dante was 35 years old – the halfway point of his life – and it was also a Jubilee year - not much is known about Dante’s early life – he did not know much Greek – his knowledge of that came from Roman translations - called a “comedy” because it starts out bad and ends well – the world “Divine” was added to the title later by Boccaccio
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