This presentation explores the literary influences that may have guided Dante's use and development of fear reflected and directed by his use of the word paura. These influences include Aristotle, Cicero, St. Augustine, St. Benedict, and St. Thomas Aquinas. The presenter also suggests a distant echo of fear finding its way into John Milton's Paradise Lost.
Pearson, Andrew L. "Literary Influences on Dante's Use of Fear in the Commedia." Medieval and Renaissance Forum, Plymouth State University, Saturday, April 26, 2008.