About the course
In this course we will be reading the entire Comedy by Dante Alighieri, in translation, with short selections from his other works. Lectures will unpack what is happening along the pilgrim's journey, and touch on the encyclopedic nature of the poem. Discussions will be geared toward the student's understanding of the key aspects of Dante's overall project, as well as experiencing poetry as pedagogy. In addition to the reading, one poem, three brief response papers, and one longer paper will make up the required assignments.
*This course is also available for Grades 10 and up here: Dante's Comedy for Adults
Primarily this course is aimed at giving students the opportunity to remember, understand, and love Him by whom we were made, to deepen our love of God's World, and to foster our allegiance to Christ our King, through Dante's magnum opus, the Comedy.
Students will also be able to understand and articulate something of the magnificent scope of Dante's sweeping poem; to articulate the difference between Ancient Epic and Christian Epic; to have handles on the medieval theology and political theory that undergird the poem. Students will also be given a thorough understanding of the cosmology of Dante's day, especially as it is woven into the very structure of the poem.
- Inferno: Reader's Guide
- Purgatorio: Reader's Guide
- Paradiso: Reader's Guide
*All texts are published by Roman Roads Press