Lesson plans for The Divine Comedy

Online criticism at the Internet Public Library.

Dante's 9 Circles of Hell in Lego Form
Slide show.

Dante's Inferno Test
Where would YOU spend eternity, according to Dante? Find out here!

A multimedia journey through the three realms of the afterlife (Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise) presented in Dante's Divine Comedy. The site is structured around a visual representation of Dante's worlds: it shows who and what appear where. Click on regions within each realm (circles of Hell, terraces of Purgatory, spheres of Paradise) to open new pages featuring people and creatures whom the character Dante meets during his journey. Click on individual figures in the regions to view larger images in pop-up windows. Available for each region are explanatory notes, a gallery of artistic images, recordings of significant Italian verses, and study questions—all aimed at enriching the experience of reading Dante's poetic vision of a voyage literally out of this world. Danteworlds is conceived as a complement to—not replacement of—the experience of reading and discussing Dante's Divine Comedy. It is therefore recommended that you first read the cantos describing a particular region and then visit that region in Danteworlds.

The Divine Comedy
The complete text of the Divine Comedy, translated into English by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The Divine Comedy
This downloadable music video (4:20, captioned) offers an overview of The Divine Comedy. Watching this video could be a great introduction to the unit.

Mantua, Italy
What does Mantua look like? Photograph and aerial view.

Renaissance Dante in Print (1472-1629)
A collaboration among the University of Notre Dame, the Newberry Library, and the University of Chicago ARTFL Project, this site presents information about the publication of the the Divine Comedy during the Medieval Era. A good site for interdisciplinary or enrichment, especially noteworthy for its collection of woodcuts.

A Storybook Romance: Dante's Paolo and Francesca
A careful examination of the story of Lancelot and Guinevere and its impact on Paolo and Francesca, on Dante, and on readers today.

The World of Dante
These resources support the study of The Inferno , including an illustrated map of hell.