In our great books courses we take you by the hand as Virgil did Dante and guide you step by step through the greatest and most demanding works of all time. We the read works together in their entirety, one section at a time. As a group we discuss their general meaning and their meaning for each of us personally while our instructors explain the difficult parts that hinder and frustrate many readers trying to read the works on their own. You will learn how a great book can affect you, how to read and interpret a text that has meaning on many different levels, and you will learn to read and analyze a text closely and put that meaning into an overarching vision.
Dante’s Divine Comedy
Dante’s Comedy is a vast panorama encompassing man’s relationship to God and the rest of mankind set against the backdrop of all creation from the depths of hell to the uppermost realms of Paradise. For Dante, the central fact of existence is free will and the unavoidable consequence of choice.