By Charles S. Singleton
Charles Singleton is without doubt one of the most vital students of Dante, and compiler of the recognized six-volume annotated bilingual variation in a literal translation, a suite that was once praised via Vladimir Nabokov. during this early examine of the poem, Singleton examines how Dante taken care of his components.
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Finally, in the nineteenth century, salt production was increased, vineyards planted, and tourism developed. By 1990, about 5,000 people lived in Aigues-Mortes, many of them outside the walls. The Walls of Aigues-Mortes In their final form, the walls of Aigues-Mortes enclose about 40 acres in an irregular rectangle, roughly a half by a quarter of a mile, with its corners oriented to the cardinal points, as was characteristic of Medieval French fortresses. ) The northeast and southeast sides of Aigues-Mortes (1706 and 1066 feet, respectively) are longer than the southwest (sea) and northwest sides (1673 and 935 feet, respectively).
It was the first example in France of the syntax and vocabulary of classical architecture used in accordance with the canons of the Renaissance masters. Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian Orders are superimposed in what was accepted to be the correct order, as they are used on the Colosseum in Rome, for example. The frontispiece at Anet was considered so important a model for French architects that after the Revolution, when the chateau began to be demolished, it was dismantled and remounted in Paris, where it still stands in the courtyard of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, the Parisian school of art and architecture.
Though heavily restored, the block to the left, which contained a suite of secondary rooms, still exists and is lived in by the present owners of the chateau. When the slightly lower wing across the court was demolished, the palace chapel, a masterpiece of masonry construction that was built into it, was spared and now sits isolated. A second set of courtyards lay on the far sides of the secondary wings. There were fountains and sculptures in them and in the garden at the back of the corps de logis.