From Devilry to Divinity: Readings in the Divina Commedia

This series aims to introduce the beauty, complexity and continuing significance of Dante’s ‘Divina Commedia’ through readings of the text, in the original and in translation, and through commentary on it. The readings are accompanied by a rich visual display of medieval illuminations whilst the commentary explores and invites discussion of some of the leading ideas of the poem.

The public readings take place weekly in the autumn, spring and summer terms at the Warburg Institute, in partnership with University College London, and are presented by Alessandro Scafi and John Took, and occasionally by Tabitha Tuckett. 

Please note there will be an introductory lecture taking place on Monday 19 November, 18:00 - 19:30.

The readings will take place on Mondays from 18:00 - 19:30 .

Attendance is free of charge and pre-registration is not required.

 

Spring Term 2019

Purgatorio, Canto XVI.58-105; Canto XVII.91-105; Canto XVIII.13-75. The moral structure of Purgatory; the nature of love and its relation to free will

Date Time Title Location
14 January 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Inferno, Canto I. The dark wood and wild animals. The appearance of Virgil

Lecture Room
21 January 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Inferno, Canto V. The lustful. Paolo and Francesca

Lecture Room
28 January 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Inferno, Canto XIII. The suicides. Pier della Vigna

Lecture Room
4 February 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Inferno, Canto XXVI and XXVII. The evil counsellors. Ulysses and Guido da Montefeltro

Lecture Room
11 February 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Inferno, Canto XXXIII. Count Ugolino. Canto XXXIV. Centre of Hell. Lucifer

Lecture Room
4 March 2019 6pm - 7.30pm Purgatorio, Canto XVI.58-105; Canto XVII.91-105; Canto XVIII.13-75. The moral structure of Purgatory; the nature of love and its relation to free will Lecture Room
11 March 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Purgatorio, Canto I; Canto II.106-132. Dante and Virgil emerge from the abyss of Hell on the shore of Mount Purgatory. Cato. The ritual of purification. Casella

Lecture Room

18 March 2019

6pm - 7.30pm

Purgatorio, Canto X.1-45. Canto XI.1-117. The First Cornice: the proud. The Lord’s Prayer; Omberto Aldobrandeschi; Oderisi da Gubbio

Lecture Room

25 March 2019

6pm - 7.30pm

Purgatorio, Canto XXX. Appearance of Beatrice on the chariot of the Church

Lecture Room

 

Summer Term 2019

Date Time Title Location
29 April 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Purgatorio, Canto XXXIII. Beatrice’s prophesies. The final ritual of Dante’s spiritual cleansing 

Lecture Room
13 May 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Paradiso, Canto I. Ascent to the heaven of fire

Lecture Room
20 May 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Paradiso, Canto III. Heaven of the moon. Piccarda Donati

Lecture Room
3 June 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Paradiso, Canto XI.Thomas Aquinas. Francis of Assisi

Lecture Room
10 June 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Paradiso, Canto XVII. Heaven of Mars. Cacciaguida

Lecture Room
17 June 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Paradiso, Canto XXXIII. The Empyrean. The vision of the Trinity

Lecture Room