Born in Florence in 1265, Dante Alighieri was both a poet and prominent political figure in his native city until his exile in 1302 (victim of a plot devised by the opposing party and the papacy). The rest of his life was spent in different cities (chiefly Verona and Ravenna), under the protection of powerful rulers. It is during his exile that Dante wrote his most important works, from philosophical, political, literary and linguistic treatises, to his highly celebrated The Divine Comedy, a journey through Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise.
In addition to literary influences, Dante’s Comedy (particularly the Inferno) has inspired
thousands of creative works of every genre and medium: painting, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, illustrations, maps, designs, cinematic works, music (from symphonies to heavy metal rock), operas, ballets, TV shows, graphic novels, video-games, architecture and even comics. In short, Dante’s work has had an enduring impact on global culture.
Many countries throughout the world are honouring Dante, supreme poet and father of the Italian language, on the occasion of the 700th Anniversary of his death. At Brock, the Italian Program (of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures) and the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies are organizing a Symposium with guest speakers and readings from the Inferno. Details will follow in September.
For more information on Dante, contact Professor Ernesto Virgulti. You may also be interested in ITAL/MARS 3P93 dedicated to Dante’s Inferno being offered in D2 on Wednesdays from 1800-2100 hours. The course is taught in English by Professor Virgulti. Click here to view course promo.