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Dancing in the Sun: Paradiso—Cantos 10–14

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This chapter discusses the 24 figures of wisdom and prudence that are seen in the heaven of the sun, one of the most beautiful sections of the Paradiso. They are headed by Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventura. These theologians, a Dominican and a Franciscan, respectively, give the lives of Francis of Assisi and Dominic, the Dominican praising the Franciscan and the Franciscan the Dominican. This pattern of reconciliation is matched by the way Aquinas speaks of Siger of Brabant, and Bonaventura praises the prophetic utterances of Joachim of Fiore, while the speakers include Solomon, whose wisdom is defined. The chapter probes all these themes, while noting the dancing and singing, the attention to the idea of the Trinity, and the way in which these grave theological figures are turned into dancing women.

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