Dante's Journey

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On March 25, 1300, in arguably the greatest classic in Christian literature, Dante and Virgil met and began their journey together through Hell. In the subsequent 700 years, much has changed but nothing dims the glory of Dante's exploration into the nature of sin and repentance. But Dante assumes much of his reader and we, at centuries remove, often feel ill-equipped to follow him on his journey. We must be aware of the biography of famous medieval Italians, have some acquaintance with Italian geography and ...

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On March 25, 1300, in arguably the greatest classic in Christian literature, Dante and Virgil met and began their journey together through Hell. In the subsequent 700 years, much has changed but nothing dims the glory of Dante's exploration into the nature of sin and repentance. But Dante assumes much of his reader and we, at centuries remove, often feel ill-equipped to follow him on his journey. We must be aware of the biography of famous medieval Italians, have some acquaintance with Italian geography and topography, medieval science and theology and most of all the Latin poets of the Roman gold and silver ages. Like Dante, we need a Virgil to guide our steps. Enter Rev. Woods, who, dogging Dante and Virgil's steps, acts as tour guide, pointing out the sights, elucidating medieval theological and philosophical ideas, making the arduous, if not less strenuous, then, at least, intelligible.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781606724132
  • Publisher: Publish America
  • Publication date: 3/23/2009
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Take a walk through hell - and enjoy it!

    Not much of a schollar myself, I've always shied away from those "heavy" classics, like Dante's Inferno. However, with this book I can read Inferno and actually know what's going on, at many levels. Father Woods explains the meanings of so many things I'd otherwise miss entirely, from the realtion of certain passages to early classical writings, to the way the work refers to politcs in Dante's day. Characters are identified, the reasons why certain persons are where they are in Dante's hell are explained. And there's so much more. I highly recommend this book, even to the shy reader. It's excellent!

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