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 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.
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.
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.
Inferno: Canto 18 - The Belly Of Hell
In this episode, Dante and Virgil begin exploring the 8th circle of the Inferno: The Malebolge. The pilgrim will describe the structure of this part of hell and meet two different kinds of sinners. We'll also learn how the sinners in this part of the Inferno use fraud to exploit the sins of others.
Inferno: Canto 17 - The Beast of Fraud
In this canto, Dante and Virgil encounter Geryon, the beast of fraud and the pilgrim will meet the last group of violent sinners, those who make money from money.
Inferno: Canto 16 - The Three Shades
In this canto, our travelers meet a trio of Florentine politicians who want to know about the current state of nobility in Florence. They also encounter a waterfall at the very edge of the 7th ring where Dante will be asked to give up something of his.
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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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My book club is beginning all of the Divine Comedy and I came across this podcast. I was so thrilled at its thoroughness, clarity, and great sound quality. It has been a perfect companion to my introduction to Dante!