The expression «femmine da conio» in canto XVIII of Dante’s Inferno has had very different interpretations, by ancient and modern commentators. In this essay we propose a solution, analyzing the use of the word «conio» in Dante’s Commedia and the context of canto XVIII; the theme of prostitution and of women’s exploitation by men condemned to hell. Finally, we explain the techniques of coinage in the late Middle Ages, and the images that these techniques could suggest to the first readers of the Commedia. The metaphor thus becomes clear: we can understand the meaning of the expression used by Dante, and the overall meaning of canto XVIII.

Femmine da conio : Una metafora monetaria [Une métaphore monétaire = A Monetary Metaphor] / S. Nobili, L. Travaini. - In: CAHIERS D'ÉTUDES ITALIENNES. - ISSN 2260-779X. - 2021:33(2021), pp. 1-28. [10.4000/cei.9685]

Femmine da conio : Una metafora monetaria [Une métaphore monétaire = A Monetary Metaphor]

L. Travaini
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2021

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The expression «femmine da conio» in canto XVIII of Dante’s Inferno has had very different interpretations, by ancient and modern commentators. In this essay we propose a solution, analyzing the use of the word «conio» in Dante’s Commedia and the context of canto XVIII; the theme of prostitution and of women’s exploitation by men condemned to hell. Finally, we explain the techniques of coinage in the late Middle Ages, and the images that these techniques could suggest to the first readers of the Commedia. The metaphor thus becomes clear: we can understand the meaning of the expression used by Dante, and the overall meaning of canto XVIII.
L’expression « femmine da conio » dans le chant XVIII de l’Enfer de Dante a eu des interprétations très différentes, sur lesquelles les commentateurs anciens et modernes n’ont jamais été d’accord. Dans cet essai, on propose une solution, en analysant l’usage que Dante fait du mot « conio » et le contexte du chant XVIII : le thème de la prostitution et de l’exploitation des femmes par les hommes condamnés à l’enfer. Enfin, on explique les techniques de frappe des monnaies à la fin du Moyen Âge et les images que ces techniques pouvaient susciter chez les premiers lecteurs de la Divine Comédie. La métaphore devient ainsi claire : on comprend le sens de l’expression utilisée par Dante et la signification globale du chant XVIII.
Dante; women; holy women: hagiography; mint technique; dies; prostitution; frappe; monnaie et technologie; « conio » (coin); coinage; mint technologie; prostituzione; zecca e tecnologia; coniazione; moneta; “conio”;
Settore L-ANT/04 - Numismatica
Settore M-STO/01 - Storia Medievale
Settore L-FIL-LET/09 - Filologia e Linguistica Romanza
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