The word comedy didn’t mean the same 700 years ago as it means today.
The Divine Comedy by
Durante degli Alighieri, simply called Dante, was a major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later christened Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature. It begun c. 1308 and completed 1320, a year before his death in 1321.
‘All hope abandon ye who enter here’
As in some earlier books this phrases it says: “He who enters these gates; Abandon all hopes.” Many phrases are rephrased over the years and this is one of them. How do I know? I own a copy of the Divine Comedy publish in 1888. The origin was published mostly after Dante’s death. The Inquisition tried him for heresy. In my opinion instead of getting angry about what he wrote I would have asked questions. Because some of the Popes mentioned in the work were yet to come. They wasn’t born yet. I would have inquired of him how he knew all. That was one fervent fever he suffered from for him to be able see all that! Common sense ought to have his persecutors that no fever last 12 years.
Very little of his work was published in his lifetime. The little that was published landed him in hot waters. How we have this work is he hid it with a trusted friend who kept it hidden. The entire poem complete wasn’t published until nearly 150 years after his death. It was published April 11, 1472.
In 1302, however, he fell out of favor and was exiled for life by the leaders of the Black Guelphs (among them, Corso Donati, a distant relative of Dante’s wife), the political faction in power at the time and who were in league with Pope Boniface VIII.
“Through me is the way to the city of woe.
Through me is the way to sorrow eternal.
Through me is the way to the lost below. Justice moved my architect supernal.
I was constructed by divine power,
supreme wisdom, and love primordial.
Before me no created things were.
Save those eternal, and eternal I abide.
Abandon all hope, you who enter.”
― Dante Alighieri,
Although, the work is over 700 years old it is still going strong.