The Portable Dante by Dante Alighieri

The Portable Dante by Dante Alighieri

Author:Dante Alighieri
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781101573822
Publisher: Penguin Books
Published: 2013-04-30T16:00:00+00:00

22-24. The first example of a virtue opposed to the sin of Avarice apparently extols poverty—the poverty that Mary accepted without complaint when she gave birth to her glorious son in a stable.

25. The second example of the virtue opposing Avarice has to do with poverty as the result of asceticism, deliberate self-denial. Fabricius Caius Luscinus, consul of Rome in 282 and 278 B.C., censor in 275 B.C., refused throughout his public career to accept bribes, as was the custom of his day. He also resisted the greed and luxury of the Romans, so much so that he died a pauper and had to be buried by the state.


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