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Convivio

Dante Alighieri

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Convivio (The Banquet) is a work written by Dante Alighieri roughly between 1304 and 1307. This unfinished work of Dante consists of four trattati, or "books": a prefatory one, plus three books that each include a canzone (long lyrical poem) and a prose allegorical interpretation or commentary of the poem that goes off in multiple thematic directions.The Convivio is a kind of vernacular encyclopedia of the knowledge of Dante's time; it touches on many areas of learning, not only philosophy but also politics, linguistics, science, and history. The treatise begins with the prefatory book, or proem, which explains why a book like the Convivio is needed and why Dante is writing it in the vernacular instead of Latin. It is one of Dante's early defenses of the vernacular, expressed in greater detail in his (slightly earlier) linguistic treatise De vulgari eloquentia (On Eloquence in the Vernacular). Books 2 and 3 form a unit, both focusing on Dante's new love after the death of Beatrice—his love for Lady Philosophy, "the most beautiful and dignified daughter of the Emperor of the universe," as he calls her. Book 2 discusses allegory and Lady Philosophy (in connection with the canzone Voi che ’ntendendo il terzo ciel movete [You who move the third heaven with an act of the intellect], which opens the book), and also brings such subjects as astronomy, angelology, and the soul's immortality. Book 3 is a hymn of praise for philosophy, launched by an allegorical interpretation of Dante's great canzone Amor che ne la mente mi ragiona (Love, who speaks to me in my mind). In this book, Dante asserts that true philosophy cannot arise from any ulterior motives, such as prestige or money—it is only possible when the seeker has a love of wisdom for its own sake. Book 4 is by far the longest of the Convivio, and is noticeably distinct from the two books that precede it. The subject of book 4 is the nature of nobility. It opens with the longest canzone of the Convivio, Le dolci rime d’amor (Those sweet poems of love), which is expli

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English

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Length:

9h 16m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

29:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

21:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

34:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

23:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

28:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

35:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

28:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

25:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:33


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

13:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:32