Emeriti Exile: 338-348 CE

Emeriti Exile: 338-348 CE
Exile: 338-348 CE, Thassos, Greece

Friday, March 8, 2013

25: Dante and the Gloominati

The Divine Comedy: Dante, the Emeriti and the Gloominati 
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

Dante was born 32 years before the first game of golf was played in Loenen san de Vecht, in the Netherlands (see Post #16), but there is no written record that he ever knew about the game.  He is best known for his great work, Divine Comedy, which represents an allegorical journey through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.  Although he is praised for propagating an Italian literary style that was aimed at communicating with both the common people as well as with the upper classes, his less known fame lies in his personal intellectual battles with the "Gloominati", a clandestine group of nihilist fanatics that some say were the antecedent society that later became known as the "Obscuranti" in Machiavelli’s time.  The Obscuranti influence may be seen today is such organizations as the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and Americans for Prosperity (See future posts on Machiavelli and the Obscuranti).  Whereas, the Obscuranti purposely obscured the truth to achieve selfish goals or to thwart inquiry into the affairs of the moneyed interests of the day, such as the Medici in Machiavelli’s day, the Gloominati merely focused on making peoples' lives miserable through threats and intimidation.  In many respects, the impulse to write the Divine Comedy was a direct response to the Gloominati, who are rather vividly described in the 9 Circles of Inferno.  The Inferno section established the basis of the modern PDM, or Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (Machiavelli is also honored in the modern manual with a special disorder bearing his name that lies between Narcissism and Psychopathy). 

Emeriti Allies
The local Emeriti in Florence and Ravenna worked with Dante during the writing of the Divine Comedy as evidenced by the coded scientific references contained in Purgatorio relating to the spherical Earth, time zones, gravity, and northern and southern hemispheres.  As a member of the Florence Physicians and Apothecaries Guild, Dante had access to equipment and compounds required for Emeriti Alchemy experimentation.  In addition, the Emeriti helped to break the Gloominati Code:


Wherein: Itani is Hindi for "So Many," and Moolg is clearly an anagram for "Gloom," hence, "So Much Gloom." With Emeriti assistance, Dante was able to literally beat the Gloominati to the punch.

Sources: Emeritipedia, Wikipedia, and The Emeriti Dante Chronicles, EPI ©1956

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