Antiquity Through the Eyes of Dante
As one of the Classics, the Divine Comedy can be read on many levels. In this epic poem, author Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) takes us on an unforgettable journey through hell, purgatory, & heaven. Along the way, we meet countless souls, many of whom are historical figures from the ancient world, such as Vergil, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, & Cato, as well as mythological characters like Chiron, Ulysses, Pluto, Charon, & Nisus.
How does Dante adopt & adapt these figures into this extraordinary poem? What is his view of the ancient world? How did it affect his vision of the medieval world? And how does it form our own vision of both the ancient & medieval worlds?
Join this webcast to better understand the Classics & the Commedia itself.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
What we mean when we refer to the Classics
A look at the life & times of Dante
An exploration of the Divine Comedy
How the ancient & medieval worlds intersect