Dante and His Divine Comedy [Audiobook]
Dante and His Divine Comedy by Timothy B. Shutt
English | MP3 | 249 MB
Professor Dr. Timothy B. Shutt examines Dante’s greatest work, The Divine Comedy, both in terms of its autobiographical elements and its allegorical meaning for the human race.
By near universal agreement, Dante’s Divine Comedy stands very high among the greatest literary works ever written. The Commedia is about the afterlife, not just Hell, but Purgatory, and Heaven too. Dante’s genius is the genius of the allegorical method. In talking about his journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, Dante is talking about the whole course of human life. The Commedia is an account of Dante’s own salvation. He had lost his way and he may have lost his faith. The Commedia chronicles how he got out. He is talking not just about himself, but about everybody, about all Christian history, and about non-Christian history as well. In talking about his salvation, he is talking about the salvation of his readers too.
All things considered, Dante is, by the most skeptical judgment, one of the greatest poets who has ever lived. And this is a revealing study of his greatest work.