24 episodes

The poem is allegorical, with multiple meanings. Each episode will cover a canto at a time, summarizing and interpreting the poem based on dozens of commentaries. Check the website for further reading.

Dante's History Mallon Khan

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The poem is allegorical, with multiple meanings. Each episode will cover a canto at a time, summarizing and interpreting the poem based on dozens of commentaries. Check the website for further reading.

    Inferno: Canto 24 - The Den of Snakes

    Inferno: Canto 24 - The Den of Snakes

    In this canto, Dante and Virgil finally make it out of the sixth subring of the 8th circle. As they cross the next bolgia, a disgruntled voice draws them down to take a closer look. They discover the seventh subring is full of snakes and thieves. Our travelers speak with one of these thieves, a political opponent of Dante's, who tells them about his greatest crime and offers the pilgrim a discouraging prophecy.

    • 17 min
    Inferno: Canto 23 - The Heavy Hypocrites

    Inferno: Canto 23 - The Heavy Hypocrites

    In this canto our travelers venture into the sixth bolgia of the 8th circle and walk with a procession of miserable monks who've been forced to wear heavy cloaks. We'll meet two of these sad hypocrites and learn why some of them have been crucified to the ground.

    • 21 min
    Inferno: Canto 22 - The Bargaining Barrators

    Inferno: Canto 22 - The Bargaining Barrators

    In this canto, our travelers are joined by the Malebranche who may be leading them into a trap. The demonic escorts also catch an escaped barrator who identifies a few others sinners that bartered for a positions of power and are now submerged under the boiling black pitch. The barrator then tries to trick the demons with a bargain that sounds too good to be true.

    • 16 min
    Inferno: Canto 21 - The Malebranche

    Inferno: Canto 21 - The Malebranche

    In this canto, our travelers meet the Malebranche; winged demons that patrol the 5th bolgia of the Circle of Fraud. We'll also learn about the sinners here and what the sin of barratry has to with sailing ships.

    • 22 min
    Inferno: Canto 20 - The Seditious Soothsayers

    Inferno: Canto 20 - The Seditious Soothsayers

    In this canto, Virgil and the pilgrim examine the fourth ditch of the 8th circle and the group of sinners who abused the gift of prophecy. We'll learn about a few ancient prophets and Dante will have Virgil make a correction to his own work.

    • 29 min
    Inferno: Canto 19 - The Sycophantic Simonists

    Inferno: Canto 19 - The Sycophantic Simonists

    In this canto, Dante and Virgil explore the 3rd valley of the Malebolge. We'll learn about the sin of Simony and meet a former Pope who has been buried upside down for twenty years. Dante also finds a way to insult one of his greatest political enemies.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

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Thoughtful and Meditative

I absolutely love this podcast series on Dante’s History. The narrator presents the historical context in such a way that he allows space for all possible interpretations, as opposed to other podcasts or articles I’ve read about Dante that seem to be more matter-of-fact or narrow in describing the possible influences on Dante as he was writing this. I personally appreciate his take to presenting this material. This podcast is also very well produced and the quality of it is well done. It’s been a joy to take walks and dive into Dante’s world with Mallon Khan as my guide.

Please support this podcast! I listen to each episode as I complete a canto and I would love for this narrator to finish out The Inferno and do episodes on Purgatorio and Paradiso.

Jenny Reader ,

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Thank you for doing this pod cast. I'm a fan of the Divine Comedy & podcasts and lecture courses on it from a traditional Catholic perspective. So far, I have been very pleased. Please keep up the good work. Thanks & God Bless.

feschein ,

Glad to see the posts came Back!!!

I love This pod as a complement to my reading. So happy to see you keep posting! I hope you do all of Dante’s history little by little, I love the way you point things out so much!

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