Dante’s Inferno

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here” are the most famous words from Canto III of Dante Alighieri’s great poem, La Divina Commedia. In the thirty-four cantos of the first book, Inferno, Dante and his guide, the Roman poet Virgil, traverse the entrance to Hell and descend into the nine circles, until they encounter Satan in the deepest circle, reserved for traitors, at the centre of the earth. The poem has influenced authors and painters ever since it was written in the 14th century, and it still grips readers today.


DELIVERY MODE

  • This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.
  • This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction. Biography of Dante, the times in which he lived. Overview of La Divinia Commedia. The geography of the Inferno. Cantos I – IV, the start of the journey and the first circle, Limbo.
  • Cantos V – XII: The Lustful, the Gluttons, the Prodigals and the Miserly, the Wrathful, the Slothful, the City of Dis, the Heretics, the Violent
  • Cantos XIII – XVII: The Suicides, Blasphemers, Usurers.
  • Cantos XVIII- XXV: The Malebolge – Seducers, Flatters, Soothsayers, Hypocrites, Thieves.
  • Cantos XXVI – XXX: Deceivers, Sowers of Scandal and Schism, Falsifiers.
  • Cantos XXX1 – XXXIV: Traitors and the journey upwards.
  • Conclusion.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the journey of Dante and Virgil into Hell.
  2. Recount the crimes and punishments of five circles.
  3. Understand the importance of Dante and his work.
$215 Limited / $193

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