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Posted January 24, 2010 at 10:55 PM via web

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Why does The Divine Comedy remain one of the world's most popular literary classics, appearing in college curriculums around the world?

 

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ajacks | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 24, 2010 at 11:30 PM (Answer #1)

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The Divine Comedy remains one of the world’s most popular literary classics because at the time it was written is was the epitome of knowledge and experience. It was also remarkable because Dante wrote it in his own Italian dialect, not in Latin, which what most literature was written in. This made it accessible to everyone who could read, not just the people in the Church or State who were versed in Latin.

As one of the greatest works, not just of its time, but of world literature in its entirety, the influence of the Divine Comedy has been incalculable---it continues to be read and taught today.

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