September 2021

The subject of our first “Diving Deeper” series is Dante’s Divine Comedy to commemorate the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death on September 14, 1321.

“Nel mezo del camin di nostra uita” — the Florentine poet, Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), tells his readers at the beginning of the first canto of Inferno that he has gone astray in the middle of his life. Dante’s Divine Comedy as it is commonly known today took the fourteenth century by storm. Over 600 manuscripts from that century alone and more than 800 copies from the Middle Ages — though no manuscript in... read more