Virgil’s Exclusion

In Dante’s poetic epic The Divine Comedy, the pagan-Virgil serves as the Christian-Dante’s guide and teacher throughout the rings of the Inferno and ranges of Mount Purgatory. Virgil’s own epic poem The Aeneid had a profound effect on the “real-life” Dante, yet Dante recognized that Virgil and his Aeneid were articulations of a particular time,…