Dante the Man, Part II: Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 26

In this episode Dr. Fleming discusses the Old Testament “vendetta” attitude that many characters (including Dante) have in The Comedy, though particularly in the Inferno (understandably). Dr. Fleming discusses the sometimes understandable, but often ridiculous reasons that cities could be so partisan during this time period, shadows of which can be seen in football match brawls between supporters today (in Italy and elsewhere).

Original Air Date: March 25, 2019
Show Run Time: 26 minutes
Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming
Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner

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2 Responses

  1. Allen Wilson says:

    One thinks of Scottish clan wars, or Appalachian blood feuds. Or even Andy Jackson’s many deadly squabbles.

  2. Avatar photo Thomas Fleming says:

    Exactly. Interestingly, Shakespeare who may not have known much about Verona, captures the moral flavor very well in Romeo and Juliet. I don’t which he depended on more–his reading or his experience of Britain. As time went on, North Italians became a good deal more mild and regarded vendettas as a “Southern” phenomenon.