The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

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One of the main themes in Dante's Divine Comedy is the idea of love. What kinds of love does he focus on in his writing, and how does he structure the story around these kinds of love? 

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Dante's understanding of divine love was entirely in keeping with the prevailing theological and philosophical wisdom of the time. God's creation of the universe was regarded as a loving act, an outpouring of the divine love that God wanted so much to share with his creatures. The most important philosophical influence in Dante's time was Aristotle. Indeed, so widespread was Aristotle's influence on medieval thought that he was often referred to simply as "The Philosopher." Aristotle's concept of God was different in many respects from that of the God of orthodox Christianity. Nevertheless, it shared certain features which are particularly relevant to Dante's treatment of the subject.

For instance, Aristotle writes of love, or eros,  as the primordial power that moves the world. Dante's understanding of divine love is much the same. For him, love is a sublime force that moves the heavens. But unlike Aristotle, Dante emphasizes the human dimension of God's original loving act. The love...

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