English Major Alert: The following remarks contain dangerously high levels of pedantry and trivia.
One of the interesting and unexpected connections Dante makes in his Inferno is that he links the sin of sodomy with the sin of usury. Don’t see the connection? That’s understandable. You live in a civilization that no longer has a big problem with either. However, Dante’s thinking is this: He regards human activity as oriented toward fruitfulness that must spring from only two sources: Nature and Art. So, for Dante, a man is legitimately wealthy if he, say, grows a crop and sells it or makes a hat (or a poem) and sells them. ...READ MORE