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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.

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...

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...

October 8, 2017


 

THE RIVER OF WRATH

In this canto, Dante and Virgil travel through the Stygian marsh where they meet another demon ferryman and another damned Florentine citizen know for his bad temper. Then when they reach the gates of Dis, the pilgrim is told he must turn back and this time even...

September 3, 2017


 





THE FOOLS OF FORTUNE
 

In this canto, the pilgrim and his guide encounter the demon Plutus, god of wealth. Here in the Forth Circle they observe the plight of the Avaricious and Prodigal, those who hoard or waste wealth. We'll learn a bit about the nature of fortune before enteri...

September 17, 2016

The Ladies of Mercy

In this episode, the pilgrim has second thoughts about the journey ahead. His guide Virgil reassures him by recounting the events that brought them together. We'll learn about historical holy pilgrimages and get to know Beatrice, the once-secret love interest of t...

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