Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition

I have spent several years compiling research on Dante's Inferno from Omnibus articles, Barron's Simplified Approach to Dante, The World of Dante, Danteworlds, and the footnotes in the back of my school's Oxford edition of the text. I have also done quite a bit of further topical research on individuals and ideas when I still wasn't sure that I completely understood the intricacy and complexity of Dante's Hell.

I am glad to have spent so much time seeking to better understand. This pursuit has cultivated my desire to teach the text well - to be Virgil for my students as they descend into Dante's creation themselves.

However, at a classical conference last year, I discovered Louis Markos' Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition. And, this text not only contains most of the information that I have previously gathered from so many separate sources, but has also offered explanations for contrapassi that I had not yet fully grasped.

Allow Markos to be your Virgil. You will not be disappointed. He illuminates the vastness of Dante's Hell for all to see.


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