A resource produced in collaboration with the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies and the Devers Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame
Explore the work, life and impact of Dante Alighieri
Welcome to the Discover Dante web resource. The site introduces Dante, focusing in particular on the Commedia, or Divine Comedy. It is intended for students, teachers, and for members of the public interested in Dante. The resource can be dipped into, or used to accompany a full reading of the text. (See more about how to use the resource here.)
Discover Dante was written by Matthew Treherne (University of Leeds), Vittorio Montemaggi (University of Notre Dame) and Abi Rowson (University of Leeds).
This resource is a collaboration between the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies at the University of Leeds, and the Devers Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
An overview of Dante's life, of the cultural and political context in which Dante lived and worked, and of Dante's major works of literature.More on Introducing Dante
This section introduces Inferno. We begin with an overview of Dante's idea of Hell, before working through the text canto by canto, and then considering some of the major themes in the text.More on Inferno
Discover Purgatorio. We begin with an overview of Dante's idea of Purgatory, before working through the text canto by canto, and then considering some of the major themes in the text.More on Purgatorio
Explore Dante's idea of Paradise and the cosmos. In the case of the final cantica, the cantos are divided into the different Heavens of Paradise, and major themes are discussed.More on Paradiso
Leeds Centre for Dante Studies
The Leeds Centre for Dante Studies promotes the study of Dante from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both within the University of Leeds and beyond. It does so through its dynamic programme of research activity and collaboration; supporting and enriching undergraduate and postgraduate study; and bringing Dante to a wider public through its open lectures and podcasts.