[Milton-L] Dante and Milton on the God/Satan relations

Dario Rivarossa dario.rivarossa at gmail.com
Thu Nov 6 11:50:02 EST 2014

Dear friends and scholars

while re-studying Dante's "Convivio" for a lecture [it
 will be delivered in Perugia, Italy, on November 25, on "Dante as a
would-be (and would have been a good) physician"], I came across a
paragraph in 3.12 that seems to be quite in line with Milton with
reference to the God/Satan relations, though, interestingly enough,
Dante would not go back to this concept -- namely, the one in the last
lines of the following quotation -- in the Divine Comedy:

. . .  although God made both the good and the [now] evil angels, He
did not made them both [so] on purpose, but only the good ones. Then,
against [His] intentions, the malice of the evil ones followed; just,
not "against His intentions" to the extent that He might not foresee
their malice [by looking in the all-encompassing mirror] in Himself;
but so great was [His] love in making the Spiritual creatures that a
foreknowledge about many who would come to a bad end should not and
could not prevent God from that production.

Hope you'll find this interesting. As it is interesting to note that
many 'Convivial' ideas would not appear, or even, would reappear but
turned upside down in the poem. For example, again with reference to
angels, in the Convivio, their 9 Choirs were explained as 3 different
points of view on the 3 Persons of the Holy Trinity. A brilliant
insight, but not reused afterwards.

il Tassista / the Tasso Driver

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