Dante’s imagining of hell is a conical hole in the ground divided into 9 circles, each corresponding to a sin. The sins are in order of seriousness, with the worst at the bottom. The damned are punished for eternity in the circle corresponding to their worst sin. But how did Dante decide which sins are more serious than others. Why is gluttony worse than lust, why is fraud worse than violence? What are the underlying principles in Dante’s Inferno? How does it compare to our views now?
If you enjoyed the My Dante event at StAnza last month, or were sorry to have missed it, you might be interested in The Dante Debate taking place in Glasgow on Sunday coming. The Dante Debate, taking place on 22nd April, from 2.00pm to 3.00pm at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, has been arranged by Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana, StAnza’s partners on the My Dante event at StAnza 2012, and anyone attending the discussion may participate, ask questions or share their thoughts on the subject.
And next month in St Andrews, on 4th May, the 10th meeting of Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana will take place at Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews when the Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana once again brings leading scholars to St Andrew. The 10th meeting of the LDA is a fresh start, leaving The Inferno behind and beginning the second stage of Dante's journey, with lectures on the cantos I-III of Purgatorio and the history and doctrine of Purgatory by Dr Mark Elliott (University of St Andrews), Professor John Scott (The University of Western Australia),Professor Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin (Trinity College, Dublin) and Professor Zygmunt Baranski (University of Notre Dame).
The day begins at 9.40 am, introduced by Dr Robert Wilson (UniversityofSt Andrews). As always everyone is welcome to attend, and those who cannot attend all lectures are welcome to come to what they can.
For further information and the full programme visit http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/lectura. And you can now follow the lectura on facebook: