Dante was told to make HellWritten by Robert Bruce Baird
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Inferno XX deals with validity and legitimacy of acts of writing and reading. As Hollander has shown, Dante evokes his classical auctores in order to correct them, misreading their texts in such a way as to damn diviners, like Amphiaraus and Tiresias, whom ancients considered noble practitioners of art, tellers of truth. By placing these diviners in fourth bolgia, Dante establishes their falsity, and his disagreement on this score with his classical predecessors. One of classical predecessors so invoked is Vergil, Comedy's resident poeta, and it is as his new self that Vergil retells story of Manto, altering earlier account found in tenth book of Aeneid. The Latin poem relates that prophetess bears a child, Ocnus, who founds city and gives it his mother's name: «qui muros matrisque dedit tibi, Mantua, nomen» («who gave you walls and name of his mother, O Mantua» [Aen. X, 200]). The Comedy, on other hand, relates that Manto, «la vergine cruda» (82), settled and died in a spot later chosen by men from surrounding regions as suitable for a city: «Fer la città sovra quell' ossa morte» (91). Most interesting about Vergil's speech is his closing injunction to pilgrim to disregard all other accounts of Mantova's founding; since only true story is one he has just heard, pilgrim must «let no lie defraud truth», i.e. he must reject all other accounts as false (97-99):” (1)
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DREAM ABOUT A NEW PRAYER FOR AMERICAWritten by Irvin L. Rozier
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them and could not be caught. I then ran up to thief and shouted, "Stop in name of Jesus!" He dropped to ground like he had been hit by a baseball bat. He lay there and began to burn. He then called out to me and said, "I want to be born again. Will you pray for me?" I went up to him and although he was glowing with coals like a great log burning, he could talk and hear me. I said, "Do you want Jesus to save you?" He replied, "Yes." All types of people, including politicians, religious leaders and ordinary American people were gathered around watching this scene. I prayed (it was a real intense prayer in my dream..agony of soul and brought tears to my eyes...my face was wet when I woke). This is prayer, "Lord Jesus, you see heart cry of this precious soul. Reveal your love unto him, O Lord. You have said forgive and it shall be forgiven you. There is no sin too great for you to forgive. Too, O Lord, your love is so good and so great that even you can save at last minute." Jesus then came and saved this thief's soul and he gave up ghost. I looked around and there was a look of awe on everyone's faces. Someone stated, "That was most beautiful prayer ever prayed. It is a new prayer for America!" There was not a dry eye in crowd...everyone was humbled and touched by precious presence of our Lord. I then woke up, and recorded these two dreams.
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