This site is a work of love! In celebration of the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death in September of 2021, I created a new narrative version of Dante’s great poem accompanied by generous reader-friendly notes, commentary, and art designed to provide a rich and accessible experience of the poem particularly for students and the general reader. The numerous artworks for each Canto of the poem are another way of celebrating Dante’s still-living genius and at the same time paying homage to centuries of artists who have added their vision to his so that the reader here can participate in the poet’s original vision and see how that vision inspired other artists during the last 700 years. Welcome!
Michael F. Meister, FSC, PhD
Saint Mary’s College of California
Progress Report… September 2023
The texts of the Inferno, the Purgatorio, and the Paradiso here are complete as of September 2022. The Inferno text also includes notes and commentary, and there is a link for images that correspond to each Canto. The Purgatorio text includes notes and commentary up to Canto 18 as of August 2023. Artwork for each Canto has not been included yet. The notes and artwork for the Paradiso are still coming.
The commentary for Cantos 19 and 20 were added on September 2, 2023.
The commentary for Cantos 21 and 22 were added on September 22, 2023.