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The  Divine  Comedy 


Dante  Alighieri 


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The  Divine  Comedy  (Italian:  Commedia,  later  christened  "Divina"  by  Giovanni  Boccaccio), 
written  by  Dante  Alighieri  between  1308  and  his  death  in  1321,  is  widely  considered  the  central 
epic  poem  of  Italian  literature,  the  last  great  work  of  literature  of  the  Middle  Ages  and  the  first 
great  work  of  the  Renaissance.  A  culmination  of  the  medieval  world-view  of  the  afterlife,  it 
establishes  the  Tuscan  dialect  in  which  it  is  written  as  the  Italian  standard,  and  is  seen  as  one 
of  the  greatest  works  of  world  literature. 

The  Divine  Comedy  is  composed  of  three  canticas  (or  "cantiche")  —  Inferno  (Hell),  Purgatorio 
(Purgatory),  and  Paradiso  (Paradise)  —  composed  each  of  33  cantos  (or  "canti").  The  very  first 
canto  serves  as  an  introduction  to  the  poem  and  is  generally  not  considered  to  be  part  of  the 
^     first  cantica,  bringing  the  total  number  of  cantos  to  100 

The  poet  tells  in  the  first  person  his  travel  through  the  three  realms  of  the  dead,  lasting  during 
c     the  Easter  Triduum  in  the  spring  of  1 300. 
q     (Summary  from  Wikipedia) 

1     Read  by  Cori  Samuel,  Annie  Coleman,  Denny  Sayers,  Jennifer  Crispin,  Anne's  Man 
"D     and  Thomas'  Dad  and  Hugh  McGuire,  Aaron  Decker,  Mario  Dianne,  Catherine 
Sj     Eastman,  Kirsten  Ferreri,  Kelly  Bescherer,  David  Barnes,  David  Leaman,  Rosalind 
q     Wills,  JemmaBlythe  and  Christie  Nowak  .  Total  running  time:  12:23:25 
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Cover  picture  by  Domenico  di  Michelino  (1417-1491).  Copyright  expired  in  U.S.: 
Q     Canada,  EU.  and  all  countries  with  author's  life  +70  yrs  laws.  Cover  design  by  Jonathan 


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