Dante's History is a podcast that deconstructs the 700-year old poem "The Divine Comedy" to discover the hidden history within. 

The poem is allegorical, with multiple meanings. Each episode will cover one canto at a time, summarizing and interpreting the poem based on dozens of commentaries and interpretations.

September 2, 2020

THE SYCOPHANTIC SIMONISTS

In this canto, Dante and Virgil explore the 3rd valley of the Malebolge. We'll learn about the sin of Simony and meet a former Pope who has been buried upside down for twenty years. Dante also finds a way to insult one of his greatest political enemies.

Further...

June 17, 2020

THE BELLY OF HELL

In this episode, Dante and Virgil begin exploring the 8th circle of the Inferno: The Malebolge. The pilgrim will describe the structure of this part of hell and meet two different kinds of sinners. We'll also learn how the sinners in this part of the Inferno use fraud...

April 13, 2020

THE BEAST OF FRAUD


In this canto, Dante and Virgil encounter Geryon (the beast of fraud) and the pilgrim will meet the last group of violent sinners-- those who make money from money.

FURTHER READING:

Banishing Usury: The Expulsion of Foreign Moneylenders in Medieval Eur...

January 22, 2020

THE THREE SHADES

 In this canto, our travelers meet a trio of Florentine politicians who want to know about the current state of nobility in Florence. They also encounter a waterfall at the very edge of the 7th ring where Dante will be asked to give up something of his.

Further Reading:
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August 2, 2019

THE UNCIVIL SERVANTS

In this canto, Dante meets the man who taught him how to speak and write-- a politician and fellow exile who has one last lesson for the pilgrim. We'll also learn about the group of sinners punished in this sub-circle-- those who were violent against nature and o...

April 26, 2019

THE BURNING BLASPHEMERS

In this canto, Dante and Virgil continue across the middle ring of the 7th Circle of hell, where they encounter a giant warrior with a chip on his shoulder. Then Virgil teaches the pilgrim about the tragic source of all the rivers of the inferno.

Further Readin...

January 17, 2019

FOREST OF THE SUICIDES

In this canto, Dante and his guide enter a dark forest of mangled trees and speak with a damned poet who took his own life. He shares his sad story and the gruesome fate that awaits those who use violence against themselves.

FURTHER READING:

The Maremma in Mo...

October 7, 2018

THE BLOODY TYRANTS

In this canto, the pilgrim and his guide will be confronted by The Infamy of Crete. And the leader of thousands of centaurs threatens to shoot an arrow at the pilgrim.

We'll learn about the ancient philosophy of love and hate and see which famous tyrants ende...

June 2, 2018

THE SHAPE OF HELL

In this canto, the pilgrim and his guide are forced to take a short break. Virgil uses the opportunity to describe the architecture of lower hell and explain why the act of making money from money is considered violence against nature.

FURTHER READING:

Usury & The...

January 15, 2018


THE SOULLESS NOBLES

In this canto our duo walk among the tombs of the city of  the dead where they meet two once feuding aristocrats who must now share a grave for eternity. We'll learn about the noble Epicureans and their views on the immortal soul and get further insight into the...

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