Going to Hell (and Beyond!)

Dante’s Divine Comedy (Fall 2013)

Click here for the course schedule.

This series of weekly lectures and discussions explores Dante Alighieri’s fourteenth-century epic poem about a spiritual journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. Discussions focus on spiritual questions raised by the weekly reading, while lectures fill in helpful information about Dante, his world, and his work.

Participants have two optional reading schedules available: the basic (the essential selections) and intensive (for those who want to read the whole of the Divine Comedy).

A note on translations:
Divine Comedy coverMany translations of the Divine Comedy are available, but Dr. Lampert recommends The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, ISBN 978-0143107194), as it has the clearest translation among the more affordable volumes (under $20 on Amazon.com).

Paradiso cover For those who would like a parallel translation (featuring the original Italian beside the English translation) Oxford offers three excellent volumes translated by Robert M. Durling: The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Volume 1: Inferno (ISBN 978-0195087444), Volume 2: Purgatorio (ISBN 978-0195087451), and Volume 3: Paradiso (ISBN 978-0195087420). Amazon.com offers all three volumes as a discounted bundle.

An excellent translation of the Divine Comedy, the original Italian text, and helpful notes, maps, and illustrations are available online at the Princeton Dante Project.

For beautiful maps and helpful information about Dante’s Divine Comedy, visit Danteworlds, hosted by UT Austin.


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