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The Devil’s Body and the Christian Soul

The snake and the metamorphoses of the Devil. The fall of Lucifer and the darkness. The seducer. Deliverance from evil and darkness

Contents
  1. The Erinyes and the snakes
    Iliad, Aeneid
    • Genesis, Revelation
    Acerba and the “bolgia” (ditch) of thieves
  2. The Song of Songs
  3. Devils
    Inferno: the “black devil”, Malebranche (Evil Claws)
    Revelation: Abaddon and the plague of locusts
    Inferno: the devils of the seducers and Botticelli
    Inferno: the “black cherubim” and Guido da Montefeltro
  4. The fall
    • Isaiah 14:12-15: The downfall of Lucifer
    • The fall of the great star Wormwood, the star from heaven fallen unto the earth, the abyss of the locusts
  5. The darkness
    • From the Ancients: the Ajax and the Erinyes in the Eumenides
    • For Jews: the sufferings of Job
    • For Christians: the contrast between light and darkness in John
  6. The seducer
    Inferno: Jason
    Notre-Dame in Strasbourg
  7. Deliverance from evil and darkness
The most complex and most ambitious lecture. Explanations and showing of slides; dramatic recitations with the voices of Selvaggia Quattrini and Raffaello Benedetti, and some of Bach’s music played by the violinist Filippo Fattorini. Sala della Clemenza in Palazzo Altieri, Rome, 2002.
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