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.

November 9, 2017

THE FAITHLESS FURIES

In this canto, while Dante and Virgil wait for help to get them into the City of Dis, the pilgrim is threatened by blood-covered Furies. Then a visitor shows up and sends all the damned running in fear.

FURTHER READING:

Dante and The Gorgon Within
Dante and the Heret...

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...

May 22, 2017



THE GLUTTONOUS HOG


In this canto, the pilgrim and his guide enter the Circle of the Gluttons and encounter the hound of hell. We meet another former Florentine citizen nicknamed the hog and delve deeper into the poet's views on the civil war in his home town.


 

Further Reading:

Dant...

February 11, 2017



THE BIRDS OF LUST

The pilgrim and his guide enter the second circle of the inferno. They meet Minos, judge of hell and two of the ill-fated lovers swept away by the winds of lust.


 

Further Reading:



Ruins of Knossos: Capital of Minoan Civilization

Ravenna & the River Po 

November 18, 2016

THE VIRTUOUS PAGANS

 The pilgrim walks through the first circle of the Inferno; Limbo. Virgil explains why everyone is sighing and introduces the pilgrim to his poet friends.

Then the duo enter a palace made of light. We'll learn who some of Dante's favorite heroes and thinkers are...

October 15, 2016

The Neutral Angels

In this episode the pilgrim reaches the gate of Hell. Virgil explains the ominous warning inscribed above and they find the first dammed souls trapped in the vestibule.

We'll identify the different entrances to the underworld found all around the world and the wha...

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...

August 24, 2016

The Beasts of Florence

In this debut episode, we'll learn a bit about the author Dante Alighieri and his epic poem The Divine Comedy. Then we jump straight into the Inferno: Canto 1. The pilgrim is terrorized by three savage beasts and the poet is confronted by three foes of his own.

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