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2010

Sacred Heart University

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Dante, Existential Hero, Joseph L. Nagy Oct 2010

Dante, Existential Hero, Joseph L. Nagy

Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

So much has been written about Dante's Comedy in the seven centuries since its creation that it is hard to imagine that there is something new to add. But like all great art, it harbors a mystery. By what magic did Dante create this wonder? Where in the labyrinth of the human soul did he find the inspiration to synthesize classical Greek and Roman philosophy and literature with scholastic theology to create a work that has often been described as the equivalent of a medieval cathedral?