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The Empyrean, fromĀ The Divine ComedyĀ (1861-1868), Gustave DorĆ©

The Empyrean, ā€œfrom theĀ Medieval LatinĀ empyreus, an adaptation of theĀ Ancient GreekĀ į¼”Ī¼Ļ€Ļ…ĻĪæĻ‚Ā empyrusĀ ā€in or on theĀ fireĀ (pyr)ā€, is a region described in the theĀ ParadisoĀ portion ofĀ Danteā€™sĀ Divine ComedyĀ as a place beyond even the highest spheres of Heaven, the dwelling place of God and angels. InĀ The Divine Comedy, Dante is ā€œenveloped by [a] veil of radianceā€ as he ascends to the Empyrean.

Some medieval writers conceived of it as a celestial sphere formed from pure fire, but others contested that it burned with light rather than elemental fire, as Thomas Aquinas described in theĀ Summa Theologica:Ā "wholly luminousā€¦ that heaven is called the empyrean, not from its fiery heat, but from its brightness".Ā