Issue 70 Dante’s Guide to Heaven and Hell

What's inside

Dante and the Divine Comedy: Did You Know?

What a famous painting suggests about Dante’s life, legend, and legacy.

the Editors

Dante and the Divine Comedy: From the editors — How not to read Dante

American literary education absolutely mangles the Divine Comedy.

Elesha Coffman

Divine Imagination

Describing a pilgrimage through the realms of death, Dante shares his vision of how Christians should live.

Rolland Hein

A Polysemantic Country Song?

If you still can’t grasp what Dante meant to say in the Comedy, this may (or may not) help.


The Rest of the Stories

Dante’s other books further illuminate his medieval mindset and shed light on the Comedy.

Oscar Kuhns

I Still Don’t Know How He Does It

Dorothy Sayers discovers Dante.

Dorothy L. Sayers

A Poet Without Honor

Banished from his hometown, Dante became lonely, bitter, and inspired.

Bonnie C. Harvey

Dante in Love

The poet’s feelings for Beatrice far exceeded a childhood crush.

Charles Williams

A Cathedral of Ideas

From elements of many traditions, Dante fashioned a towering new theology.

Hans Urs von Balthasar

Christian History Timeline: Dante’s Turbulent World

Chronology of events related to Dante and the DivineComedy.

the Editors

The Root of All Kinds of Evil

The Inferno is crammed with greedy Florentines receiving their due.

Elesha Coffman

The Pilgrim’s Way

The dream of reaching heaven by visiting holy sites inspired millions of medieval Christians—including Dante.

Jeanetta R. Chrystie

Dante’s Guide to Heaven and Hell: The Gallery — Walk of Fame

Star sightings in the Comedy highlight Dante’s religious and political views.

Steve Gertz; Janine Petry

Goodness, Gracious(ness), Great Balls of Fire

Visions of eternity just aren’t what they used to be.

Jeffrey Burton Russell

What About Purgatory?

The doctrinal grounding of Dante’s mysterious mountain.

Dennis Martin

Dante’s Guide to Heaven and Hell: Christian History Interview — Classics and Common Memory

Why Dante’s medieval masterwork continues to thrive in translation.

Robert Pinsky

Dante and the Divine Comedy: Recommended Resources

Resources for further study of Dante and his works.

the Editors
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