9. Piazzetta Brà Molinari, behind S. Anastasia

Standing before the river that reminds him of the Arno, before the hills, also familiar, Dante cannot avoid being consumed by a feeling of deep nostalgia, bitter nostalgia that consumes his heart…
Right here, in front of you, to the right of the Roman Theatre, stood the Palace of Theodoric whose remains were still visible at the time of Dante. One of the ministers who worked at the court of the King of the Goths was philosopher Boethius, the author of De Consolatione Philosophiae. Dante’s mind goes to another innocent victim of injustice: Boethius was accused of conspiracy, condemned by Theodoric and, after a year of imprisonment, executed. The thought of this crime would haunt the barbarian King for the rest of his life: it is said that Theodoric, not wanting to leave his palace in Verona, had terrible visions.
Observing the river flowing away, Dante thinks angrily of the sad ending to the philosopher’s life, but then he becomes calmer and feels closer to him: in prison Boethius had found the strength to endure his unjust punishment in his Christian faith and his love for knowledge, the only real consolation against the injustices of life. Again, Dante imagines him to be in Paradise where he is sure that his soul is, finally fulfilled in eternal bliss (canto X, lines 121-130).

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