Dante and Lady Philosophy

9 March 2016 - 18:00

Lecture in English by Andrew Frisardi

In the Convivio, Dante defines philosophy as the ‘loving use of wisdom’, while study requires a ‘mind in love’. Philosophy itself is personified as a woman, whose lover, Dante says, is the seeker of wisdom. In this talk the poet and scholar Andrew Frisardi will describe how Dante depicts his own discovery of Philosophy—‘the most beautiful and dignified daughter of the Emperor of the universe’—after the death of Beatrice.


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