aphorical ashes of the man of whom she had threatened to make literal cinders if she could catch him alive.
See the letter in Gaye, Carteggio inedito d'artisti, Vol.
I. p. 123. she begged again, but Ravenna, a dead city, was tenacious of the dead poet.
In 1519 Michel Angelo would have built the monument, but Leo X. refused to allow the sacred dust to be removed.
Finally, in 1829, five hundred and eight years after the death of Dante, Florence got a cenotaph fairly built in Santa Croce (by Ricci), ugly beyond even the usual lot of such, with three colossal figures on it, Dante in the middle, with Italy on one side and Poesy on the other.
The tomb at Ravenna, built originally in 1483, by Cardinal Bembo, was restored by Cardinal Corsi in 1692, and finally rebuilt in its present form by Cardinal Gonzaga, in 1780, ail three of whom commemorated themselves in Latin inscriptions.
It is a little shrine covered with a dome, not unlike the tomb of a Mohammedan saint, and is no