Dante Alighieri: The Divine Comedy

  • Published on Apr 25, 2012
  • Durante degli Alighieri, mononymously referred to as Dante (/ˈdænti/, US /ˈdɑːnteɪ/; Italian: [ˈdante]; c1265--1321), was an Italian poet, prose writer, literary theorist, moral philosopher, and political thinker. He is best known for the monumental epic poem Commedia, later named La divina commedia (Divine Comedy), considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.
    In Italy he is known as il Sommo Poeta ("the Supreme Poet") or just il Poeta. Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio are also known as "the three fountains" or "the three crowns". Dante is also called the "Father of the Italian language".
    The Divine Comedy (Italian: Divina Commedia) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative and allegorical vision of the afterlife is a culmination of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church. It helped establish the Tuscan dialect, in which it is written, as the standardized Italian language. It is divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.
    On the surface, the poem describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven; but at a deeper level, it represents allegorically the soul's journey towards God. At this deeper level, Dante draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy, especially Thomistic philosophy and the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. Consequently, the Divine Comedy has been called "the Summa in verse."
    The work was originally simply titled Comedìa and was later christened Divina by Giovanni Boccaccio. The first printed edition to add the word divine to the title was that of the Venetian humanist Lodovico Dolce, published in 1555 by Gabriele Giolito de' Ferrari.
    This audio collection contains a treasury of 100 classic books and includes info on the life and times of the author, the theme of the book, the characters, the story outline, a concise yet detailed abridgement of the story and a discussion of the values that make each book one of the great classical works of literature.
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Comments • 41

  • Parekoi legaspi
    Parekoi legaspi Year ago

    can you explain Devine comedy as a Christian Allegory?

  • Tania Sanchez
    Tania Sanchez Year ago

    Impressed how accurate the biblical facts are in the first book.

  • Isaiah Howard
    Isaiah Howard Year ago +3

    Roses are Red, violets are blue, there's always a Dante in heaven before you.

  • Malu Evangelista
    Malu Evangelista Year ago

    Really a masterpiece! thanks a lot.I can use this in my class

  • Alyanna Abieron
    Alyanna Abieron 2 years ago +1

    Thankyou so, so much!

  • Jenny Panighello
    Jenny Panighello 2 years ago


  • Jesse Hernandez
    Jesse Hernandez 2 years ago

    Devil May Cry brought me here!

  • fahad
    fahad 3 years ago +1

    that's the prophet mohammed story but it's not look like this write in you tube prophet mohammed israa and meraaj story

  • William John Meegan
    William John Meegan 3 years ago

    Though, I am a lifetime member of the Dante Society of America since 1994, I have yet to meet or to read the work of one single individual that calls himself a Dantist or an academic that has the mental acuity to understand why Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) wrote La Divina Commedia.
    None of them have the attention of a gnat for they can get through a 22-page paper that illustrates that Dante was a genius in the art of esotericism (hidden knowledge) by codifying the Esoteric Science to his work. Here is a link outlining what I just wrote and I challenge any Dante or Academic in the world to prove me wrong. This is a definitive example of esotericism. www.academia.edu/5121750/DANTE_ALIGHIERI_S_LA_DIVINA_COMMEDIA_S_MATHEMATICAL_SYSTEM

  • Bobby Wallisch Jr.
    Bobby Wallisch Jr. 4 years ago +1

    una canzone rock sulla Divina Commedia di Dante:

  • Bobby Wallisch Jr.
    Bobby Wallisch Jr. 4 years ago

    a rock song on Dante's Divine Comedy

  • Douglas Greer
    Douglas Greer 5 years ago

    Further, the Roman Catholic Church does NOT teach that only those who are explicitly Christian will be gifted with the vision of God; the notion was explicitly rejected by the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) in the document Nostra Aetate (1965).

  • Douglas Greer
    Douglas Greer 5 years ago

    The Roman Catholic Church does not teach the doctrine of Limbo. In 2005
    the Church’s International Theological Commission said limbo reflected an “unduly restrictive view of salvation.” Pope Benedict XVI supported publication of the document. The notion of Limbo has been rejected by the Church.

    • kevin trujillo
      kevin trujillo 4 years ago +1

      St Thomas Aquinas didn't think this way..

  • TheKaslopus
    TheKaslopus 5 years ago +7

    Such information
    Much learning
    many thanks

    • Dave
      Dave 3 years ago +1

      @TheKaslopus Doge

  • Darkjet Productions
    Darkjet Productions 5 years ago

    interesting, but why did Dante describe God as a person?

    • Darkjet Productions
      Darkjet Productions 5 years ago

      thanks in advance

    • Mr Muzu
      Mr Muzu 5 years ago

      I don't believe this kind of theological argument was even around over 700 years ago. Google Personal God, it is said in this video that it is hard to see this in any other way than that Dante believed in bible as literal fact (as people did in those times)

    • Darkjet Productions
      Darkjet Productions 5 years ago +1


    • ogie mamitag
      ogie mamitag 5 years ago

      because of Mary

  • William John Meegan
    William John Meegan 6 years ago

    Between April 11, 1983 - 1993, I analyzed and broke Dante Alighieri's very simple and yet sophisticated mathematical system codified to his La Divina Commedia. This is the real impetus for Dante writing this epic poem: forget all the other nonsense.
    Academia has known about this ELEPHANT in the parlor for twenty years but wants to send it back to obscurity.
    Anyone wanting a copy of the 5th appendix of my recently published work: email me: williamjohnmeegan@yaho.com

  • disclosure now
    disclosure now 6 years ago +2

    Excellent talk. 23:00 “Some sinners are so evil, their Soul goes to Hell before they time.” Lol. Thx for posting.

  • Johnathan M
    Johnathan M 6 years ago

    I love the divine comedy. Thanks for a great upload I learned a lot.

  • joe zuniga
    joe zuniga 6 years ago

    this stuff is great:how I came across this,well I was actually watching a movie and this guy picked up a book,I rewinded the movie paused zoomed and walla here I am.by the way the movie was nine miles down.

  • bifbuzz237
    bifbuzz237 6 years ago +3

    So the guy makes up some of the most cruelest punishments for people that don't deserve even half of that like drowning someone in his own shit or throwing someone in fire with a led tunic on and shit like that. An somehow you call me the sicko for listening or playing metal. WTF people?

    • Ya Boi
      Ya Boi Year ago

      metaphors. that represent inner termoil and resentment. like Ptsd but for failing as people. also metal is cool so don't worry about it son.

    • Abreham
      Abreham Year ago

      bifbuzz237 iced earth has a 16 min track about Dante's inferno in case you haven't heard it

  • LyricoAlchimista
    LyricoAlchimista 6 years ago

    i thought Dante was studied only in Italy

  • snhmenon
    snhmenon 6 years ago

    Really Helpful... !!!

  • neil odiaz
    neil odiaz 6 years ago

    Thanks uploaded. This really helps with my world literature :)

  • Marcoi Retuya
    Marcoi Retuya 6 years ago

    it's informative but some parts are skipped or not given meaning or its corresponding consequences. but over all, it's a thumbs up :D

  • rtt1961
    rtt1961 6 years ago

    Very informative. Thank you for posting it.

  • Kenzie Evans
    Kenzie Evans 6 years ago

    Thank you for posting this. It helped me so much with my Dante report that I have to give a 20 MINUTE TALK over tomorrow morning. Haha.

  • dcsr2457
    dcsr2457 6 years ago


  • Ia Baratashvili
    Ia Baratashvili 6 years ago +1

    thank you so much, you helped me a lot with my homework :)

  • cybersleep
    cybersleep 6 years ago

    Thank's !!!

  • Alecz Eco
    Alecz Eco 6 years ago

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