Dante's long poem The Divine Comedy, the most famous work of Italian literature, is a masterpiece that presents a vivid depiction of the afterlife in heaven, purgatory, and hell. This specific version of the afterlife has permeated popular thought for the 700 hundred years since its completion in 1321. In this class, we will look at how this medieval poem has shaped our ideas of life after death in the Western world. We will read Dante's humanist view of medieval Europe and of man's place in the universe as an influential account that in many ways eclipses the Bible as a blueprint for salvation.
Optional Supplies: Dante, Divine Comedy (any edition), can be found on Amazon or other bookstores
Instructor: Dr. Erica Daigle