By Simon Winchester
Unleashed by means of old geologic forces, a value 8.25 earthquake rocked San Francisco within the early hours of April 18, 1906. lower than a minute later, the town lay in ruins. Bestselling writer Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling talents to this notable occasion, exploring the mythical earthquake and fires that unfold horror throughout San Francisco and northern California in 1906 in addition to its startling impression on American heritage and, simply as very important, what technology has lately published concerning the attention-grabbing subterranean approaches that produced it—and very likely will reason it to strike again.
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108). First comes the striking se- a number whose symbolic import in Dante's works is of course i I considerable. 92-<)J]) prophesied by Cacciaguida but left outside the margins of the text would seem to justify even the most extravagant of hopes. The only certainty, however, promised by Cangrande's rise falls entirely within the cyclical flux of Martial history: a trasmutamento like the "death of kings and transmutation of kingdoms" which are the effects of Mars's astrological rule according to Convivio 2.
6 ("Mars dicta, quod sit amara, vel a Marte, qui est effector mortium" [Migne PL Ill, col. 213 ("Mars dicta est ... quia mordeat vel a morsu parentis primi, per quem morimur, vel a Marte qui interfector est hominum, vel mars quasi amaror, quia amara sit") and 9. 94c. It is paraphrased in Pietro Alighieri's gloss on Paradise 14-96: "Unde fingitur Defts bel/arum et effector mortis" (Commentarium, 648). Benvenuto speaks only of the Macrobian Mars; an "autor destructionis et corruptionis" (Commtum super Dantis Aldigherij ComQediam, vol.
E.. Kaske, "A Poem on the Cross in the Exeter Book: Riddle 60 and The Husband's Message," Traditio 23 (1967): 41-71; and William Wood Seymour, The Cross in Tradi· tion, History and Art, xxi-xxx. 1ars is both symmetrical and asymmetrical with respect to the main body of Paradise. 83) by approximately the length of a single canto; (out of deference, possibly, to the position of the "encounter of Anchises and Aeneas in the Aeneid). Its location remains, however, no less of a mystery than the reflective pattern that Charles S.
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester