Join us for Part 2 of a fascinating journey through the classic, epic poem The Inferno
by Dante Alighieri (the first section of the three-part Divine Comedy), Cantos 18-34. You do not need to have participated in Part 1 during the fall term to participate in Part 2 this spring. We are studying The Inferno
in conjunction with Virgil because they are linked. In The Inferno
, a 35-year-old Florentine (Dante), struggling with failure and apparently spiritual death, is rescued by the shade of the Roman poet Virgil. He agrees to lead Dante on a journey through Hell (and, later, Purgatory). Virgil serves as the guide, representing the voice of reason; Dante is the pilgrim and protagonist. The Aeneid
is Virgil’s most famous work. Its depiction of the underworld influenced Dante's vision of The Inferno
. As our text we have chosen Dante The Inferno
, translation by Robert Hollander and Jean Hollander (First Anchor Books, 2000). The readings and related/supplementary materials will provide for robust conversation over the course of the semester.