The Divine Comedy: Dante’s Spiritual Journey

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Date(s) - 2nd February, 2021
19:30 - 20:30


Book online at the Fintry Trust website.

I invite you to accompany me on an odyssey through the Divine Comedy in 2021, the 700th anniversary year of Dante’s death. We will meet once a week for 9 weeks to consider Dante’s spiritual transformation as he journeys through the Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso.

The journey begins when Dante wakes up in a dark wood. The air tastes bitter; he grows fearful, but his crisis is a turning point. His situation parallels our own. We face a spiritual crisis quite as profound as his own though, as Dante learns, there is no real development of spiritual sight without one. Ascent and descent are intimately related and Dante can help us discover how to navigate them both.

We will follow the translation by Mark Musa, published in the Penguin Classics edition, and will look at images by Blake, Botticelli, Doré and others.

The course will presume no former knowledge of The Divine Comedy, but it will also be valuable to those who have read the text before. The Divine Comedy is a spiritual masterpiece and invariably yields more when read again.

This is a 9-session weekly online course (using Zoom).

Tickets: £90 for an invitation on Zoom.

(As this is an unusually long course, a rough-cut recording can be supplied if any sessions have to be missed for any reason.)

Book online at the Fintry Trust website.