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100 Days of Dante Reading Group

People in my experience have always had a hard time reading through Dante's Divine Comedy due to the length of it and the language of that time. This reading group provides 100 days of Cantos explaining Dantes Divine Comedy in plain language. I hope this series brings you to a greater understanding of this exceptional work and thus brings you closer to God!

Who Was Dante Alighieri?

Dante Alighieri

First published Mon Jan 29, 2001; substantive revision Mon Aug 15, 2022

"Dante’s engagement with philosophy cannot be studied apart from his vocation as a poet, in which capacity he sought to raise the level of public discourse by educating his countrymen and inspiring them to pursue happiness in the contemplative life. He was one of the most learned Italian laymen of his day, intimately familiar with Aristotelian logic and natural philosophy, theology, and classical literature. He is, of course, most famous for having written the Divine Comedy, but in his poetry as well as his philosophical treatises and other writings, he freely mingles and synthesizes philosophical and theological language as well extensive references and allusions to scripture and classical and contemporary poetry. While his contributions to world literature and other artistic genres are universally acknowledged, his theological imagination has also remained influential from his own time to the present day. His philosophical legacy, by comparison, remains more difficult to assess, though his writings provide, at the very least, a powerful tool for the study of the landscape of late medieval and Renaissance philosophy.." from the biography Dante Alighieri

Canto # 1 begins tomorrow.

Welcome to the 100 Days of Dante. Here, you’ll find the heart of our project:

100 short, accessible introductions to the cantos of Dante’s Divine Comedy, by teachers who know and love Dante. Visit the website:

100 Days of Dante: Join the World's Largest Dante Reading Group

"Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy is a spiritual, poetic, and political masterpiece. 100 Days of Dante is a series of videos and discussion prompts designed to help readers of all ages discover its riches. Join the world's largest reading group of this astonishing poem, and let's read together. For more information, visit 100 Days of Dante is a project of the Baylor University Honors College, alongside @BiolaUniversity's Torrey Honors College, @whitworthuniversity2864, The @TempletonHC, the @uofd1956, and @gonzagauniversity6390.' from video introduction

At Last Among the Stars: Reading Dante's Paradiso

"May 2, 2022

Contributors to the 100 Days of Dante Project reflect on the final canticle of the Divine Comedy, the Paradiso." from video introduction

Wes Callihan gives us an excellent short talk about how to best read Dante's Divine Comedy.

How to Read Dante's Divine Comedy - Wes Callihan

Video from Roman Roads Media

"This excerpt from a lecture in Old Western Culture helps reader's of Dante's Divine Comedy prepare to read this epic poem for the first time. Learn more about Old Western Culture, a great books curriculum and guide:" from video introduction

Art in Dante's Divine Comedy

Gustave Doré's (1832-1883) illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy have become so intimately connected with the work that even today, nearly 150 years after their first publication, Dore's rendering of the poet's text still determines our vision of the Comedy.

Gustave Dore Master of Fantasy

Video from pete beard

"Oct 18, 2022

Gustave Doré was among the first to fully harness the creative visual potential inherent in the illustration of classic literature, and to produce images for them which have since become iconic in their own right. I've crammed as many of his best images as I could in this video but I've had to leave out many more than are included. I've done my best to pin down his work to years of publication but different sources give different dates so some may well be out by a few years. And my apologies - at 1.53 minutes I refer to 1953 when of course it should have been 1853. Oops." from video introduction


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