101. The greyhound is Can Grande della Scala, Lord of Verona,
Imperial Vicar, Ghibelline, and friend of Dante. Verona is
between Feltro in the Marca Trivigiana, and Montefeltro in
Romagna. Boccaccio, Decameron, I. 7, speaks of him as "one of the
most notable and magnificant lords that had been known in Italy,
since the Emperor Frederick the Second." To him Dante dedicated
the Paradiso. Some commentators think the Veltro is not Can
Grande, but Ugguccione della Faggiola. See Troya, Del Veltro
Allegorico di Dante.
106. The plains of Italy, in contradistinction to the mountains;
the humilemque Italiam of Virgil, AEneid, III. 522: "And now
the stars being chased away, blushing Aurora appeared, when far
off we espy the hills obscure, and lowly Italy."
116. I give preference to the reading, Vedrai gli antichi spiriti