Dante's Hell as an Ideal Mechanical Environment

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Abrash, Merritt. "Dante's Hell as an Ideal Mechanical Environment." CW [21]-25.[[1]]

"Ideal" here means more or less "archetypal." MA sees Minos as analogous to a computer and Satan in Hell as "an automatic mechanism" ([21])—and "Between these two analogues to machines . . . a gigantic hive [Hell] which . . . is pervaded by characteristics . . . usually associated with the idea of the mechanical" (22).