The text of the Divina Commedia is that edited by
Giorgio Petrocchi and published by Mondadori (Milan,
Italy, 1966-67; 2nd ed., Florence, Le Lettere, 1994) for
the Edizione Nazionale of the works of Dante sponsored by the
Società Dantesca Italiana. The user is advised
that this machine-readable version of
that text is intended only for scholarly use by
individuals. No reproduction of the text for distribution
of any kind is permitted, either by the original
publisher, by the Dartmouth Dante Project, under whose
auspices this aid to research--with the kind permission
of Professor Petrocchi--is
offered to the community of scholars, or by the Princeton
Dante Project. This text is an exact replica of the
Petrocchi text; its only divergence occurs in the form of
its punctuation, which accords with American rather than Italian usage.
The text was copied ca. 1985 by personnel of the
Dartmouth Dante Project using a Kurzweil Data
Entry Machine at Dartmouth College.
The purpose of this project is to produce an annotated electronic text of Dante's Comedy for instructional and scholarly use. After three years of thought and discussion and the production of a working CD-ROM prototype in June of 1996, in September of 1999 we made available an electronic text of the first cantica of the three-part Comedy. It included the text of the poem in both Italian and English, an Italian voice recording of the poem, the Doré and Nattini illustrations for the Inferno, and historical, philological, visual, and interpretive footnotes. It also included access to the Dartmouth Dante Project (an on-line database of Dante's commentators, from the 1320s to the present), as well as to other Dantean resources on the Web.
The institutional home and "publisher" of the project is Princeton University. The aim of the project is to make serious study of Dante's great poem possible for students and amateur readers alike, of all levels of expertise and having various kinds of interest in the work, by means of a basic electronic edition that will make available in a single locus many of the tools a reader of this text would want to have as an aid to understanding it.
There is and will be no fee for its use on the Internet; it is a service to Dante scholars offered by Princeton University, Robert Hollander, and his collaborators. 8/15/99 (updated 6/6/2011)
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