Dante clearly revered Virgil as an influence and teacher of sorts. I need help with understanding the legacy of Dante in Western literature with regard to Homer and Virgil. How does Dante measure up to his predecessors from a twenty-first century perspective?

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Many authors in western literature have been influenced by all three of these figures, with Homer probably the most popular. Among the most famous recent adaptations of Homer is Nobel prize–winner Derek Walcott's "Omeros," which places Homer in a Caribbean setting. Margaret Atwood's "Siren Song" restates an episode of The Odyssey from the viewpoint of the Sirens. These two examples are typical in that they reflect identity politics, looking at the western tradition from the stance of the "other."

Dante's Inferno was a 2010 action-adventure video game based on Dante. Several of Virgil's works have recently been re-translated, and his Georgics still influence nature poetry. Orality-literary theory remains important for studying Homer, while The Aeneid has attracted interest as a work concerning colonialism. 

The main issues you will need to address here are what you mean by "measure up" and "a twenty-first century perspective."

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