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Friday, July 13, 2012

At times, I feel proud to share my ancestry with Dante. Here is Ulysses, which tells Dante how he instilled in his crew the will to sail forth unknown seas past the Gibiltair strict, which, at that time, was considered "the end of the world":

"O frati," dissi, "che per cento milia
perigli siete giunti a l'occidente,
a questa tanto picciola vigilia

d'i nostri sensi ch'è del rimanente
non vogliate negar l'esperïenza,
di retro al sol, del mondo sanza gente.

Considerate la vostra semenza:
fatti non foste a viver come bruti,
ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza".

"Oh brothers", I said, "you, that moving forth across
hundred thousands perils came to the West,
to this border so tiny,

of what's still left to see
don't take away anything from our senses
of what lies behind the sun, of the uninhibited world

And remember your seed:
you weren't made to live as beasts
but to follow virtue and knowledge".




When I re-read this words, I still can feel the pride to be a Tuscan, an Italian, a Human.