The Sheen Center Presents:

Dante’s Inferno – A Mini Course

February 13–27, 2017

Studio A

To Hell & Back - Dante's Inferno - A Mini Course

As part of our "War is Hell" Theatre series, get an inside look at Dante's masterpiece in a three night - "mini course"

The mini-course will focus on Dante's Inferno, the first part of Dante's trilogy the Divine Comedy, and takes place over three sessions. Participants are asked to read as much of the Inferno as possible before the first course session, but advance reading is not required to participate. Participants are also asked to attend all three sessions if possible, to maintain the continuity of the learning community.

Download course syllabus here

The suggested translation for the course is:

Dante Alighieri. Inferno: a verse translation. Ed. Allen Mandelbaum (New York: Bantam Books, 1982).

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Read for free online at the Dante Digital Project


Taught by Matteo Pace of Columbia University

Matteo Pace was born in Rome, where in 2011 he earned his Laurea Triennale in Lettere at Sapienza University of Rome, with a thesis in Romance Philology and Literatures. In Fall 2012, he joined the Department of Italian at Columbia University as a Ph.D. Student, with a Concentration in Comparative Literature and Society. In May 2014, he earned his Master of Arts in Italian, and in February 2016 he earned his Master of Philosophy in Italian and Comparative Literatures from Columbia University.
His research focuses on an analysis of the medical lexicon and imagery in Medieval vernacular literatures, and the philosophical implications of the concepts of love and nature. He is currently working on his dissertation on the intersections between Medieval medicine, science, and philosophy, and the Italian literature of the XIII and XIV centuries, while contributing to the Dante Digital Project at Columbia University, and teaching Italian language and literature.


Monday, February 13 @ 7pm (Introduction, Dante and the Laws of Attraction)

Monday, February 20 @ 7pm (Dante and Justice)

Monday, February 27 @ 7pm (Dante and Knowledge)


*Please note that the dates for the course have been changed from their originally scheduled dates.