The Problem of the Lonza, with an Unpublished Text

McKenzie, Kenneth

The famous "three beasts”–lonza, leone, pupa–which Dante mentions in the first canto of the Inferno have already caused so much discussion, mostly profitless, that one may well hesitate before adding to the bibliography of the subject–unless, indeed, one is able to bring forward some really new material. In particular, the identity and the symbolism of the lonza have challenged ingenuity. As usual, the older commentators are in substantial agreement; the word lonza was evidently no stumbling-block to them symbols respectively of lust, pride and avarice.

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French and Romance Philology
Columbia University Press
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June 24, 2015


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