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Hannibal and Dantes Inferno - translations and corrections
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• Posted by: steve   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2003, at 9:27 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: transcripts (Harry Adams)

Hi, great site. Wonderful film albeit a little detracted from the book.

On a suitably academic note as would please Hannibal, 'H' is describing in the score the character which should be correctly identified as being Pier della Vigna. As a former advisor to Emperor Frederick II, della Vigna eventually committed suicide when he fell into disfavour at the court.

He was immortalised in Dantes Inferno where he was to spend eternity in the form of a tree. Virgil and Dante meet a group of Centaurs, creatures who are half man, half horse. One of them, Nessus, takes them into the Second Ring of the Seventh Circle of Hell, where they encounter those who were violent toward themselves (the Suicides). These souls must endure eternity in the form of trees. It is there that Dante speaks with Pier della Vigna.

Regards the Italian bit that is a little indistinguishable, it is From Canto XIII of The Inferno, by Dante Alighieri. it concerns the forests of the suicides that I have mentioned above. It goes along the lines of - "when the fierce soul has quit the fleshy case, it tore itself from, Minos sends it down. To the seventh depth. it falls to this wooded place. no chosen spot, but where fortune flings it in - and there it sprouts like a grain of spelt, to shoot up as a sapling, like a wild plant and then, the harpies, feeding on the foliage, create pain and an outlet for the pain as well. We too shall come like the rest, each one to get, his cast off body but not for us to dwell, within again for justice must forbid having what one has robbed oneself of. still, here we shall drag them, and through the mournful wood, our bodies will be hung with every one fixed on the thorn bush of its wounding shade. And I. I made my own home be my gallows".

At the end of the transcript, I believe that the obscured word is 'bars'. Ive tried slowing the track on CD, best I can make out. Once again, great stuff. Anyone interested in Dantes work and the references of 'H', they can find them made easily accessible, in an academic manner, at the first 5 hyperlinks are free, the others are password and pay but these are enough to satisfy

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