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Divine Comedy: Paradise by Dante Alighieri
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Divine Comedy: Paradise

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Though it sounds like a seedy nightclub, Dante's Paradise is the third and final part of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. It's an allegorical tale detailing Dante's journey through the rings of heaven. His tour guide is Beatrice, who was a childhood friend and unrequited love of Dante's in 14th century Florence. Virgil, who led the author through the rings of Hell, couldn't come along on this trip because he was a pagan.

Dante travels through the nine spheres on his way to Empyrean which is where God lives. The spheres are represented by the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and various stars, and roughly correlate to what was known of astronomy at the time - plus a healthy dash of astrology. Minus Satan and all the molten souls, Empyrean (Heaven) seems remarkably like Hell. In Greek empypreus means "in or on the fire," and it has the same origins as words which mean the "characteristic smell of burning or charring vegetable or animal matter." So, according to Dante, either way you go you're cooked. Personally I'm shooting for Purgatory.

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Yanadi Lewis

April 23, 2016

I AM passionately in search of deeper relationship with God,and heartily communion with holy Spirit.books like this inspires me

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James Brodie

June 17, 2013

Every time I read this part. I find myself with a fresh outlook on life after death

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Robert S Michalske

April 28, 2013

Excellent and most outstanding book

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Zulaika Amir-Choo

October 28, 2012

awesome!