INTERVIEWS ACROSS THE CENTURIES
With Vergil, Ancient Rome, 70-19 BC & Dante, Renaissance Italy 1265-1321 – Part I
George - O night! You who commands all to sleep, to silence, so souls can start their eternal converse. How I’ve always wished to have this soulful dialogues with each one of the human family across space and time separating us!
Virgil-Quae te dementia cepit!
G- Is this Latin? Can your soul whisper it, please, in English; English the language of the British.
V- Oh, penitus toto divisos orbe Britannos
(Deeply divided from the whole world are the British)
G- Now I can understand what you've said. But English is today the international language that connect all the world together. Now, tell me again what you said replying to my first lines!
V- Quae te dementia cepit!
(What madness has seized you?)
G- Do you find my eagerness to contact people across the centuries madness? I say that because I have such a great love longing to get together with all people of the past.
V- Omnia vincit Amor; et nos cedamus Amori.
(Love conquers all; let us, too, yield to Love!)
G- Then, love can also conquer the barriers of time. What if we start our meeting across the centuries separating us?
V- Magnus ab integro saeclorum nascitur ordo.
(The great line of the centuries begins anew.)
G- I don't know how to begin.
V- Audacibus annue coeptis.
(Look with favor upon a bold beginning)
G- Yes, I may need another soul to help me find a good beginning and let me know you better.
Non omo, omo già fui,
e li parenti miei furon lombardi,
mantoani per patrïa ambedui.
G- Oh, old Italian! Please whisper it in English below!
D- He answered me:
"Not man; man once I was,
And both my parents were of Lombardy,
And Mantuans by country both of them."
G- I hear you introduce him in wonderful verses of your eternal work that we knew, after you had left our world in the 14th century, as the Divine Comedy. You must have loved him so much.
Dante and Virgil in Hell [detail] -- Adolphe-William Bouguereau