I have participated in a book on Dante Alighieri just released by The University of Chicago Press. My essay deals with Paradiso 25 and the theological virtue of hope:
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Minos is quite fun to imagine. He is Hell's judge and gets to decide which ditch souls should be allocated to. He has a ridiculously long tail which he winds round his body as many times as the circle number a soul has to go to. Illus. Rob Page.
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Just as Dante needs Virgil, Beatrice, and St. Bernard of Clairvaux, so too do we need teachers and guides while undertaking this amazing literary journey.
This isn't the kind of book you can do justice to by power-reading it in a week and ignoring footnotes. Thoughtful reading is vital for a fuller understanding.