Dante the Man, Part V – The Virtue of the Classical World: Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 29

In the continuing discussion regarding Dante, Dr. Fleming and Stephen discuss Dante's choice of Virgil as his guide through both Inferno and Purgatorio and what the virtues of the noblest of the pagans were. We are also reminded that some of Dante's placements - be it suicides in Purgatory or the character of Cato presiding over Mt. Purgatory itself - are not strictly speaking theologically orthodox, but do benefit from greater context and reading.

Original Air Date: May 20, 2019
Show Run Time: 40 minutes
Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming
Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner

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1 Response

  1. Dot says:

    Dr. Fleming: Thank you for presenting this podcast on Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio. I recall reading his Inferno many years ago when I was in college. I think now that Virgil was writing about Augustus who followed Julius Caesar after he was assassinated because it was Augustus who brought stability to Rome after Julius Caesar’s reign. I currently don’t think that Virgil was foretelling the coming of a Savior in his fourth Ecologue.