Epistolae, the letters of Dante

Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321)
Translated by Paget Jackson Toynbee (1835 - 1932)

This volume contains the thirteen letters of the poet Dante Alighieri translated from their original Latin, including the famous and controversial letter to his patron Cangrande della Scala. The letters provide a good deal of context for the reader of Dante regarding his political and philosophical positions. In the final letter, the authenticity of which has been hotly contested by scholars, the author dedicates the Paradiso to the Veronese Cangrande, explains his Divine Comedy's title (then just Comedy), and discusses much of the work's content. Summary by Mary J.

Genre(s): Letters

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Kristin G.
Play 01 Epistola I: To the Cardinal Niccolò da Prato, 1304 J. E. Vorble
Play 02 Epistola II: To the Counts Oberto and Guido da Romena, 1304 Will Irace
Play 03 Epistola III: To a Pistoian Exile, circa 1305 Will Irace
Play 04 Epistola IV: To the Marquis Moroello Malaspina, circa 1309 Mary J
Play 05 Epistola V: To the Princes and Peoples of Italy, September or October 1310 Will Irace
Play 06 Epistola VI: To the Florentines, March 31, 1311 wish2bflying
Play 07 Epistola VII: To the Emperor Henry VII, April 17, 1311 Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Play 08 Epistola VIII: To the Empress Margaret, April 1311 Kristin G.
Play 09 Epistola IX: The the Empress Margaret, April or May 1311 Kristin G.
Play 10 Epistola X: To the Empress Margaret, May 18, 1311 Kristin G.
Play 11 Epistola XI: To the Italian Cardinals, May or June 1314 Will Irace
Play 12 Epistola XII: To a friend in Florence, May 1315 Mary J
Play 13 Epistola XIII: To Cangrande della Scala, c. 1319 Mary J