Harris: Three Dante Notes
As Ser Brunetto's and Dante's colloquy reaches its conclusion, Dante . since, in life, Ulysses had a shared, fraternal relation with his men: «quella compagna». Brunetto an exultant anticipation of his own literary immortality.3 On the other hand, Dante offers an implicit qualification of the literary father-son relation; while . Siete voi qui, ser Brunetto? Dante asks. Are you here, ser Brunetto? Dante's relationship with Brunetto may have been warm, but Dante's.
Giovanni Villani says that "he was a great philosopher and a consummate master of rhetoric, not only in knowing how to speak well, but how to write well".
From Brunetto Latini to Dante's ser Brunetto
He was the author of various works in prose and verse. His tomb can be found in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Florenceto the left of the high altar. The Italian 13th-century translation known as Tesoro was misattributed to Bono Giamboni. He also translated into Italian the Rettorica and three Orations by Cicero. Early Dante commentators spoke of Brunetto as his teacher, as does Dante himself.
- Digital Dante
Vittorio Imbriani took issue with that concept, saying Brunetto was far too busy a man to have been a mere teacher. It is also believed that there was an intellectual and affectionate bond between the elderly man and the young poet.
Many of the characters in Dante's Inferno are also mentioned in the legal and diplomatic documents Brunetto Latini wrote in Latin. There is a portrait of Latini in the Bargello in Florenceonce reputed to be by Giottobeside the one of Dante. Canto XV[ edit ] Dante places Latini within the third ring of the Seventh Circle, the Circle of the Violent against God, nature and art, with the sodomitesblasphemersand profligates.
Dante writes of the "clerks and great and famous scholars, defiled in the world by one and the same sin". Dante's treatment of Latini, however, is commendatory beyond almost any other figure in the 'Inferno'. Dante addresses Latini with the respectful pronoun voi; Latini uses the informal tu, as perhaps was their custom when they spoke together in Florence. The portrait is drawn with love, pathos and a dignity that is more compelling given the squalor of the punishment.
Inferno 15 – Digital Dante
Latini asks first, humbly, if he may keep Dante company, letting his group run on. Latini proceeds in obscure imagery to foretell Dante's future. Just as between Wissant and Bruges, the Flemings, in terror of the tide that floods toward them, have built a wall of dykes to daunt the sea; and as the Paduans, along the Brenta, build bulwarks to defend their towns and castles before the dog days fall on Carentana; just so were these embankments, even though they were not built so high and not so broad, whoever was the artisan who made them.
And when that family looked harder, I was recognized by one, who took me by the hem and cried out: Only yesterday at dawn I turned my back upon it—but when I was newly lost, he here appeared, to guide me home again along this path.Dante's Inferno™ Brunetto Latini location Trophy
But that malicious, that ungrateful people come down, in ancient times, from Fiesole— still keeping something of the rock and mountain— for your good deeds, will be your enemy: The world has long since called them blind, a people presumptuous, avaricious, envious; be sure to cleanse yourself of their foul ways.
Your fortune holds in store such honor for you, one party and the other will be hungry for you—but keep the grass far from the goat. For let the beasts of Fiesole find forage among themselves, and leave the plant alone— if still, among their dung, it rises up— in which there lives again the sacred seed of those few Romans who remained in Florence when such a nest of wickedness was built.
"From Brunetto Latini to Dante's ser Brunetto" by Elisabetta Pellegrini Sayiner
Within my memory is fixed—and now moves me—your dear, your kind paternal image when, in the world above, from time to time you taught me how man makes himself eternal; and while I live, my gratitude for that must always be apparent in my words. My ears find no new pledge in that prediction; therefore, let Fortune turn her wheel as she may please, and let the peasant turn his mattock. And he to me: In brief, know that my company has clerics and men of letters and of fame—and all were stained by one same sin upon the earth.
I would say more; but both my walk and words must not be longer, for—beyond—I see new smoke emerging from the sandy bed. Now people come with whom I must not be. Let my Tesoro, in which I still live, be precious to you; and I ask no more. Therefore go on; I at thy skirts will come, And afterward will I rejoin my band, Which goes lamenting its eternal doom.