Ascent To Love


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Chapter 1: I Have Come To The Garden
The Classics, The Bible, And Love In Medieval Literature
Chapter 2: Politics, Prophecy, And The Poetry Of Love
Chapter 3: Not Yet Aeneas, Not Yet Paul Inferno
Chapter 4: Redeemed From Fire By Fire Purgatorio
Chapter 5: Join The Dance Paradiso
Author Index

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As the unsurpassed Christian epic poem, Dante’s Divine Comedy provides not only far more personality and emotional depth than the pagan epics, it opens up all the issues on which Western history turns-truth, beauty, goodness, sin, sanctification, and triumph.

In this guide, Peter J. Leithart brings his rich biblical-typological insight to bear in opening up the Comedy for students, high school and up, mainly the sort of kids who keep looking for the jokes in the comedy. After examining the meaning and place of the courtly love tradition leading up to Dante, the heart of the guide walks us carefully through the craft and symbolisms of each progressive stage – Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Each section contains helpful study questions.

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SKU (ISBN): 9781885767165
Peter Leithart
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: 2001
Publisher: Canon Press

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