Dante's Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri, born in 1265, was a world-renowned writer from Florence.  He was responsible for numerous works including the Convivo, which was penned after 30 months of study, the Monarchia, and the Commedia.  His topics of discussion and debate ranged from human emotions and the state of the human soul to political and religious theory.  His Commedia, also referred to as the Divine Comedy, retells his account of his travels through the three stages of hell: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.  The pilgrim Dante and his guide, Virgil, travel to each stage and throughout the process encounter sights and figures not known in reality.  Their journey causes Dante to challenge any previous notions on the subject of what constitutes happiness or paradise, as seen in his work.

 Inferno | Purgatorio | Paradiso