Volume 1, Issue 2, September 2013, Page: 16-25
From Rome to the Antipodes: The Medieval Form of the World
Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
Received: Aug. 10, 2013;       Published: Sep. 10, 2013
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.20130102.11      View  3093      Downloads  125
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
To cite this article
Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, From Rome to the Antipodes: The Medieval Form of the World, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 1, No. 2, 2013, pp. 16-25. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20130102.11
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