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The narrative describes Dante's travels through Hell , Purgatory , and Paradise or Heaven , [4] while allegorically the poem represents the soul's journey towards God. [5] Dante draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy, especially Thomistic philosophy and the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas . [6] Consequently, the Divine Comedy has been called "the Summa in verse". [7] In Dante's work Virgil is presented as human reason/ and Beatrice is presented as divine knowledge. [8]

The work was originally simply titled Comedìa and the word Divina was added by Giovanni Boccaccio . The first printed edition to add the word divina to the title was that of the Venetian humanist Lodovico Dolce , [9] published in 1555 by Gabriele Giolito de' Ferrari .

The Divine Comedy is composed of 14,233 lines that are divided into three canticas (Italian plural cantiche ) – Inferno ( Hell ), Purgatorio ( Purgatory ), and Paradiso ( Paradise ) – each consisting of 33 cantos (Italian plural canti ). An initial canto , serving as an introduction to the poem and generally considered to be part of the first cantica, brings the total number of cantos to 100. It is generally accepted, however, that the first two cantos serve as a unitary prologue to the entire epic, and that the opening two cantos of each cantica serve as prologues to each of the three canticas. [10] [11] [12]

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