FLORENCE AND BABYLON
a) De vulgari eloquentia
b) Letters 5-7 on the campaign of Henry VII of Luxembourg
c) Explanation of the crisis of Florence by a pattern which echos the medieval
"interpretatio nominis" of Babylon/ Babel as the "civitas confusionis"
- Dante's Florence is presented as Babylon
d) Dante's exile
- Chapter 3: the prophet "sub specie dantis"
- There is nothing interesting or unusual about his banishment
- Dante's exile and that of his intellectual contemporaries were exactly alike
- The banishment and the lack of connections made Dante's exile somewhat unique
- The banishment made his literary unique
- His choice of words as "exile" was interesting, as at the time, his condition would have
been coined as "banishement"
- This was likely driven by other exiles and also for literary use
- It also has connections to biblical themes
- You can see Dan