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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Satan as you had never seen him before

Dante's Lucifer (Inferno, Canto 33) is notoriously a three-faced monster. He is usually thought of as having two faces more than due, but -- what about one face less? If he was a Cherub in heaven, he was supposed (see the Book of Revelation, John Milton, William Blake, etc.) to have four, so, because of his Fall, he literally "lost face." Dante had a front view of Lucifer; let's have a look at him from behind, we might find a leftover of his now missing feature.

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