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At Great Books' podcast, an enjoyable discussion of Dante's Inferno. "Dante was a man of tremendous and wide desires, desires for personal, literary, political excellence. And then he lost everything." Of course, Verona is not a bad place to which to be exiled. That's where he wrote The Divine Comedy. In the end, they did make his tomb back in Santa Croce.
It's been a while since I've listened to this course, but it is outstanding. Professors Cook and Herzman do an excellent job explaining the context of Dante's world. They also emphasize that it is not just "Inferno." The other two books, "Purgatory" and "Paradise," revisit and add further perspective to the themes discussed in "Inferno."
They use the translation by Mark Musa.
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The Wall Street Journal published an excellent essay about Dante's Divine Comedy by Rod Dreher in 2014: