Dante's Cathedral: A Beginner's Guide to the Divine Comedy
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Displaying a thorough knowledge of Dante's life and times, Baxter delivers this vade mecum for anybody eager to enter into the world of the greatest literary masterpiece of the Middle Ages. He probes deeply into Dante's theology, spirituality, poetic imagery—all while reflecting on Dante's personal trials and tribulations.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801098734
ISBN-13: 9780801098734

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Dante's Divine Comedy is widely considered to be one of the most significant works of literature ever written. It is renowned not only for its ability to make truths known but also for its power to make them loved. It captures centuries of thought on sin, love, community, moral living, God's work in history, and God's ineffable beauty. Like a Gothic cathedral, the beauty of this great poem can be appreciated at first glance, but only with a guide can its complexity and layers of meaning be fully comprehended.

This accessible introduction to Dante, which also serves as a primer to the Divine Comedy, helps readers better appreciate and understand Dante's spiritual masterpiece. Jason Baxter, an expert on Dante, covers all the basic themes of the Divine Comedy, such as sin, redemption, virtue, and vice. The book contains a general introduction to Dante and a specific introduction to each canticle (Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso), making it especially well suited for classroom and homeschool use.

Author Bio

Jason M. Baxter (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is associate professor of fine arts and humanities at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming, where he worked with the Distance Learning Program to produce an eighteen-part introduction to the Divine Comedy. Baxter also codirected the college's Rome Immersion Experience, designed to introduce students to the highlights of Roman art, architecture, history, and culture. He has been invited to speak at universities across the country on the modern relevance of the liberal arts and on topics pertaining to Dante.

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