Dante's Astronomy

Venus in Pisces

Reference to Purg.1.19-21. Context: Arriving on the shores of Purgatory at dawn Dante sees Venus in Pisces. In 1300, however, Venus was not yet in Pisces. The error may reflect a misreading of an almanac, the use of poetic license, or Dante is perhaps projecting an image of an ideal Easter. To see Venus in Pisces, we have provided an image of Venus in Pisces in April 1301.

Venus in Pisces

Date/Time: Sunday April 10, 1300 6:40 AM

Place: Island plain, Purgatory

Source: Starry Night images used with kind permission of Imaginova Corp. All Rights Reserved.

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