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The Chapter on Chronology offers several useful tools, suitable for Students researching various cultural aspects as well as Professionals interested in dating manuscripts.
Starting at the Home-page in Figure 1, click on the "CHRONOLOGY" command; this displays the video-page that will lead you to an introductory panel called "ERAS and Chronological PERIODS". So, for the Christian Era, there are notes on "STILES in CHRISTIAN ERA". Clicking on the "ECCLESIASTICAL CALENDAR" will bring you to the video-page in Figure 21 (the calendar in the figure is ready to calculate the "MOVABLE Feasts", a function we'll talk about shortly).

See Figure 21 - Page dedicated to the Ecclesiastical Calendar.

First of all, pay careful attention to the VOCAL NOTES and explanations given in the "hot phrases" highlighted in violet, then look at the list that appears after using the "STATES / CITIES" command (information on when the Gregorian Calendar was adopted).

Let's take the case of a Student who has to prepare a research on the Battle of Campaldino. Probably, he or she will have already selected the files from the 'CAMPALDINO' Descriptor from the page in Figure 3 and will have printed the results. From the various data, our Student will already have found the date of the battle ( 11.6.1289 ). So to complete the information, our Student will then go to the page in Figure 21.
After a click to select the Julian Calendar, the System gives the following information:
  • On 11th June of that year, the "Sabbatum Trinitatis" was celebrated on the "Saturday after the SS." Trinity' ( "MOVABLE Feasts" ) ;
  • Saint Barnabus was celebrated in the Casentino area on that day ( "SAINTS-Blessed Souls" ) ;
  • there were no fixed Feasts for the day ( "FESTIVITIES" ) ;
  • confirmation that the day was in fact a Saturday ( "DAY of WEEK" ) ;
  • the moon was waning, approaching its last quarter ( "LUNAR Phases" ).
See Figure 22 - Video-page after the search for the Saints celebrated on the day of the Battle of Campaldino.

Whilst in the Chapter on Chronology, we suggest you have a look at the 4 new functions available in Version 4.0 :
  • "CHRONOLOGY EVENTS "lived" by Dante", with the personal, historical, literary, scientific/technological and natural events that occured during Dante's lifetime;
  • "CONSTELLATIONS in the Comedy", with the Documents that refer to them;
  • "CHRONOLOGY of the History of ROME", with an enjoyable extract from Diocletian's Edict on prices and the cost of living;
  • "CHRONOLOGY of the Catholic POPES", from St. Peter to the present.


Regarding the System's Archive for Vernacular Works by Coeval Authors, we shall briefly mention the video-page in Figure 23, obtained by clicking on the "COEVAL AUTHORS" command on the video-page in Figure 1.

See Figure 23 - Video-page dedicated to Coeval Authors at the time of Dante, results of a search on the works of Guido Guinizzelli.

The results on this page, as they are in the Figure, were obtained by clicking on the author Guido Guinizzelli then clicking again to activate the "Word/String Search" command, typing 'gentil cosa' in the blank space and finally pressing the Enter key.

This Archive ( with about 1500 compositions and, in particular, over 850 sonnets ) allowed us to carry out a research on the problem of whether Dante wrote "Il Fiore" or not, outlined in the next Chapter.

Finally, in Version 4.0 this Archive now includes the "Life of Dante" by Boccaccio, indispensable for understanding the Poet better.


This Archive, on the sources Dante used, is the latest creation of the System's numerous Archives and furnishes a useful, logical link between the Works of Dante and the learned comments on the Comedy by Tommaseo, full of many detailed references to the sources (about 3000) that the Poet used.

This Archive took a long time to compile and began with the most important Latin classics that influenced the Poet. Version 4.0 of the System now includes the Sacred Scriptures, a great leap ahead and one that confers "DANTE 2000" all the characteristics of a practically irreplaceable work tool for Dante Professionals.

The Source Archive can be accessed either by selecting it directly from the Home-page (see Figure 1) or from the generic Comments on the Comedy (see Figure 7). The latter provides automatic Cross-references for the passages discussed in the Comments, a feature that has proved to be extremely useful for research and study purposes.
In this respect, please note the following REMARKS, addressed mostly to Publishers and the proprietors of distribution rights for the most important Comments on the Comedy:
  • Any Comments that are included in "DANTE 2000" automatically acquire considerable added value, thereby favouring their distribution. This point, all the more true for highly recognised Comments, is meant to be an invitation to those Publishing Houses who are interested in including their own Comments in "DANTE 2000". In this regard, we wish to underline that the architecture of the System allows the generic Comments to be considered as an optional, so each Publishing House can manage the feature as it feels best.

    As an example of the Sources Archive, for the time being we propose the video page in Figure 24, obtained by clicking the command on the Home-page in Figure 1.
    As the figure shows, the results on this page come from first clicking on the Author/Work 'Ovid - Metamorphoses', then clicking on the "Word/String Search" command and "WORD", typing 'Phoebe' in the blank space and finally clicking on the downward pointing arrow.

    See Figure 24 - Page dedicated to the Sources of Dante, results of a search on the Metamorphoses by Ovid.


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