Dante Alighieri's (1265–1321) Canto 1 of Inferno describes the memorable episode in which he tries to climb a mountain towards his final redemption but encounters three wild beasts, one of which is a she-wolf, which scares him back down the mountain. As Dante steps back, he stumbles upon his mentor Virgil, to whom he says: “Behold the beast on whose account I turned:/ from her protect me, O thou famous Sage,/ for she makes both my veins and pulses tremble”. The poetic hendiadys in the final verse should be read as “my pulsating veins” or, in other words, “my arteries”.
|Number of pages||1|
|Journal||The Lancet Neurology|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2016|
- Dante Alighieri