From the Dark Wood to the Beatific Vision:
Journeying Through Lent with Dante
This Lent, at St Columba’s, we’ll journey down through the ever-narrowing circles of Hell, up the seven-terraced Mount Purgatory, and finally ascend to Paradise! Our guide will be the fourteenth-century Florentine poet, Dante Alighieri, and we’ll look together at his literary masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, using it as a means to examine the nature of sin, the healing love and mercy of God, and the redemption of humanity. The weekly meetings will run throughout Lent. Please spread the word – all welcome!
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- The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, edited and translated by Robert M. Durling (Oxford University Press) – The first new prose translation of the text in 25 years. Original Italian text on the facing page; 3 separate volumes. This edition includes fully comprehensive notes as well as sixteen essays on special subjects.
- The Divine Comedy, Volumes I-III, edited, introduced, and translated by Mark Musa (Penguin Classics, Revised Edition) – 3 separate volumes of a prose translation. With an introduction and commentary on each canto.
- The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, translated by Robin Kirkpatrick (Penguin Classics, 2012) – A verse translation, in one volume. The volume includes a new introduction, with notes, maps and diagrams.
- The Divine Comedy, translated by Allen Mandelbaum (Everyman's Library). A one-volume verse translation.
- Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, edited and translated by Robert and Jean Hollander (Random House) – A verse translation, with the original Italian text on the facing page; 3 separate volumes. There is an extensive and accessible introduction, with in-depth commentaries.
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