Dante's Paradiso

Paradiso is the third and final part of the Commedia. After his descent to the depths of Hell and his purification on Mount Purgatory, Dante rises heavenwards. Guided by Beatrice, he traverses the nine celestial spheres. She is replaced by St Bernard who guides the Pilgrim in the Empyrean, the abode of God. There Dante sees the redeemed, united with their bodies, as they will be after the Last Judgement. He feels himself consumed utterly by “the love that moves the sun and the other stars.” Dante’s journey is complete.

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


  • A reasonably modern edition of Paradiso


  • Introduction. Overview of La Divina Commedia. The geography of Paradiso. Cantos I – V, Ascent to the First Heaven: Sphere of the Moon.
  • Cantos VI – X: Sphere of the Moon. Second Heaven: Sphere of Mercury
  • Cantos XI – XV: Second Heaven: Sphere of Mercury. Third Heaven: Sphere of Venus, Fourth Heaven: Sphere of the Sun, Fifth Heaven: Sphere of Mars.
  • Cantos XVI- XX: Fifth Heaven: Sphere of Mars. Sixth Heaven: Sphere of Jupiter.
  • Cantos XXI – XXV: Seventh Heaven: Sphere of Saturn. Eighth Heaven: Sphere of Fixed Stars.
  • Cantos XXVI – XXX: Eighth Heaven: Sphere of Fixed Stars. Ninth Heaven: Primum Mobile.
  • Cantos XXXI – XXXIII: The Empyrean.


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

  1. Recount some of the Pilgrim’s encounters with blessed spirits.
  2. Discuss the different lights in Paradise.
  3. Discuss Beatrice’s role.

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