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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.

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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