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Dante Alighieri: A Product of His Age. Introduction to the Inferno Mr. Kilbridge Tours of Hell. Presentation Outline. His years: A Time of Transition & Tumult Political World Cultural Milieu Intellectual Movements Religious Paradigm. Dante Alighieri. Florence, Italy 1265 – 1321

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dante alighieri a product of his age

Dante Alighieri: A Product of His Age

Introduction to the Inferno

Mr. Kilbridge

Tours of Hell

presentation outline
Presentation Outline
  • His years: A Time of Transition & Tumult
  • Political World
  • Cultural Milieu
  • Intellectual Movements
  • Religious Paradigm
dante alighieri
Dante Alighieri
  • Florence, Italy
  • 1265 – 1321
  • Period and location of Transition and Tumult
    • Intellectually, politically, culturally, religiously, economically
political world
Political World
  • Florence, Italian City-State
  • Local Issues:
    • Merchants v. Aristocracy
    • Guelfs v. Ghibellines (previous generation)
    • White Guelfs v. Black Guelfs
      • Dante was a city Prior (one of 6 leaders of the city)
      • Boniface VIII supports Blacks.
      • Exiled in 1301 (Verona 1304, died in Ravenna
  • Larger Issues:
    • Papacy v. Holy Roman Empire
    • Frederick Hohenstaufen, King of Sicily, HRE, wants control N. Italy, papal states would be surrounded
  • The Importance of Exile as a theme in the Comedia
cultural milieu
Cultural Milieu
  • Renaissance/ High Middle Ages
  • “Courtly Love” of Beatrice
    • Chivalry
    • La Vita Nuova
  • Personal insight into Suffering and Ecstasy
slide6

Mirror case, courtly scenes. Paris, first third of the 14th century. Carved ivory. Department of Decorative Arts, Richelieu. (source: Wikipedia)

slide7

Lovers, Pulled in a Basket,

Kristan of Hamle

Codex Manesse, 1305-1340

(source: Wikipedia)

intellectual movements
Intellectual Movements
  • Renaissance – Ad Fontes – Transition
  • Virgil, poet of the Aeneid, serves as his guide
    • Founding of Rome is his story (empire & Church)
slide9

Madonna and Child, Duccio di Buoninsegna, c. 1300 (source: Wikipedia, Metropolitan Museum of Art)

The Benoid Madonna, Leonardo da Vinci, 1478 (source: Wikipedia, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

religious paradigm
Religious Paradigm
  • Journey of the Soul
    • Plato, Odysseus, Augustine (J. Campbell “Monomyth”?)
    • Autobiographical?
  • Hell (Inferno), Purgatory (Purgatorio), Heaven (Paradiso)
    • Free Will, salvation, damnation
    • City of God vs. City of Man; Community vs. Individual
    • Prophetic literature
  • Symbolism  Scholasticism
    • Thomas Aquinas 1274
    • Allegory and structure
journey of the soul
Journey of the Soul

Realm of Form/God/Heaven

Perversion

Reversion

Conversion

hero s journey joseph campbell
Hero’s Journey – Joseph Campbell

http://9poundhammer.blogspot.com/2009/02/heros-journey.html

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