t canto of the Purgatorio says that unless you understand him and his figures allegorically, you will be deceived by the bark, and adds that our author made his pilgrimage as the representative of the rest (in persona ceterorum).
We cite this comment under its received name, though it is uncertain if Pietro was the author of it. Indeed, we strongly doubt it. It is at least one of the earliest, for it appears, by the comment on Paradiso, XXVI., that the greater part of it was written before 1341.
It is remarkable for the strictness with which it holds to the spiritual interpretation of the poem, and deserves much more to be called Ottimo, than the comment which goes by that name.
Its publication is due to the zeal and liberality of the late Lord Vernon, to whom students of Dante are also indebted for the parallel-text reprint of the four earliest editions of the Commedia. To give his vision reality, he has adapted it to the vulgar mythology, but to understand it as the author meant