International Institute for Culture


July 11, 2018    6:30 PM       

Lectura Dantis Aulae Hederosae
Reading Dante at Ivy Hall

July 11, 2018 6:30 PM  
A guided reading and discussion of the first eight songs of Inferno. 
6:30-8:00 p.m. Wednesday evenings: 11th July, 18th July, 25th July, 1st August, 8th August, 15th August, 22 August, and 29th August.

Dante’s great poem, La Divina Commedia, presents a personal and poetic, religious and political, literal and allegorical, vision of the afterlife. Divided into one hundred poems or songs (canti), this work is also a reflection on the spiritual journey of the soul towards God. Reading Dante, we become his fellow pilgrims as he travels from the lowest depths of the underworld to the very face of God, the “Love who moves the sun and the other stars.” 
The pace for readings is one canto per session, which allows a thoughtful and leisurely consideration of one of the most beautiful poems ever written. The text will be read in both Italian and English. The recommended edition and translation is by Robert Durling, The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. Volume I: Inferno. (Oxford University Press, 1997). Any other translation or edition is welcome, but it is best to have one with both the Italian and the English. 
The instructor: Stephen C. Córdova is a Latin instructor at Ivy Hall. An expert scholar of thirteenth-century Italy and intellectual history, he brings a lively and passionate approach to ancient and mediaeval texts. 
Cost for the course: $250  
To register for the course, please contact Miss Rebecca Haas at 215-877-9910 or write her at and copy Stephen C. Córdova at 


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