From Rome to the Antipodes: The Medieval Form of the World

International Journal of Literature and Arts, 2013, 1(2), 16-25

10 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2016

Date Written: September 10, 2013

Abstract

Here we discuss how some medieval scholars in the Western Europe viewed the form of the world and the problem of the Antipodes, starting from the Natural History written by Pliny the Elder and ending in the Hell of the Divina Commedia, written by Dante Alighieri. From the center of the Earth, Dante and Virgil ascend to the Antipodes: eventually, their existence was accepted. Among the others, we will discuss the works of Bede, Gerbert of Aurillac who became Pope Silvester II, and Robert Grosseteste.

Keywords: Latin Literature, Medieval Science, Dante Alighieri, History of Science

Suggested Citation

Sparavigna, Amelia Carolina, From Rome to the Antipodes: The Medieval Form of the World (September 10, 2013). International Journal of Literature and Arts, 2013, 1(2), 16-25 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2757694

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna (Contact Author)

Polytechnic University of Turin ( email )

Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
Torino, Torino 10129
Italy

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