r prince, but so as freemen preserving their own constitutional forms.
He says also expressly: Aninmadvertendum sane, quod cum dicitur humanum genus potest regi per unum supremum principem, non sic intelligendum est ut ab illo uno prodire possint municipia et leges municipales.
Habent namque nationes, regna, et civitates inter se proprietates quas legibus differentibus regulari oportet.
Schlosser the historian compares Dante's system with that of the United States.
Dante, Studien, etc., 1855, p. 144. It in some respects resembled more the constitution of the Netherlands under the supreme stadtholder, but parallels between ideal and actual institutions are always unsatisfactory.
Compare also Spinoza, Tractat.
polit., Cap. VI.
The second book is very curious.
In it Dante endeavors to demonstrate the divine right of the Roman Empire to universal sovereignty.
One of his arguments is, that Christ consented to be born under the reign of Augustus; another, that he assented to