This year is the 700th anniversary of the death of perhaps the greatest poet in the history of the world, Dante Alighieri. His Divine Comedy is about everything you can name: God and His universe, the mysteries of the Trinity and the Incarnation, the history of mankind, what it means to be a creature made in the image of God, what love is, and art, and sin, and repentance, and redemption— and what you do when your city banishes you and confiscates your property—everything! We will follow our guide into the sinkhole of Hell, then up the mount of Purgatory and on into Paradise.


Course Schedule:
Eight Week Course, meeting on Thursdays starting with an Orientation on February 16th and ending April 15th, 2021

NO CLASS on Thursday, April 1st, due to Holy Thursday

5:30pm Pacific Time
8:30pm Eastern Time

Format for Each Class Session:
Lecture 55 mins; break 10 mins; seminar discussion 55 mins

ORIENTATION CLASS ON ZOOM: February 16th at 5:30 Pacific Time

About Instructor

Anthony Esolen

Anthony M. Esolen is a writer, social commentator, translator of classical poetry, and Writer-in-Residence at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts. He taught at Furman University and Providence College before transferring to the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in 2017 and Magdalen in 2019. A graduate of Princeton University, Esolen has translated into English Dante’s Divine Comedy, Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things, and Torquato Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered. In addition to multiple books, he is the author of numerous articles in such publications as The Modern Age, The Catholic World Report, Chronicles, The Claremont Review of Books, The Public Discourse, First Things, Crisis Magazine, The Catholic Thing, and Touchstone, for which he serves as a senior editor. He is a regular contributor to Magnificat, and has written frequently for a host of other online journals.

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Course Includes

  • 8 Lessons
  • Course Certificate