12. Canonical Cloister

And signs of the future could be perceived especially in Verona. Petrarch and other scholars had the opportunity to become familiar with the classics at the Biblioteca Capitolare: in this ancient place, they found Latin texts that would open a whole new world for them and lay the basis for the Renaissance.
It is quite possible that also Dante would often go there, attracted by the place where the Justinian code was kept, the texts of Roman law that are the basis of jurisprudence in Western civilizations. In fact, like Boethius, also Justinian is found in Dante’s Paradise (canto VI) for having promulgated those laws and having established the conditions for a right and civilised empire. Now that we approach the end of our journey, we see again the great ideals of Dante and have an image of the poet animated by new hope, dreaming about the future: the city of Cangrande is also the city that preserves the legal foundations of the Roman Empire… Indeed, all the signs of the coming of a new world could be found here! It is here that Dante, with his memories, anger, anguish and nostalgia, might have sometimes let his imagination fly… on the wings of the Scaliger eagle!

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