In this volume some of the world's authorities on embryology trace the tradition of enquiry over two and a half thousand years. The answers given in related cultures reflected the purposes to be served at different times, in medical practice, penitential discipline, canon law, common law, human feeling.
This is the first new biography in English for nearly eighty years of Italy's foremost writer and thinker, and weaves into a single thread the whole of Dante's life and works. The aim is to make an account of Dante's life accessible to students and to the curious and intelligent but non-specialist reader. All quotations are fully translated.