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June 15, 2011

Divine Payback

On this day in 1300 Dante was made one of the six Priors of Florence, the top political office in the city-state. Though only a two-month term — the legal limit, so suspicious were the citizenry of corruption and power-plays — Dante’s appointment set in motion the series of events that would eventually cause his permanent banishment, and inspire some of the most memorable lines in The Divine Comedy.                                                         …read more


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