The Inferno - 90 Minutes with the Classics (Webinar)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

When: February 18, 4:00-5:30pm EST
Where: Online
Cost: Only $10!

Many of us wish we were noble. Not that we were related to some baron or other, but that we were somehow born “entitled” in the best possible way (answers vary). Yet we know that even if we were born into the nobility, it would not make us “noble.” Nobility is something we would have to work at--even if it was our birthright.  

In this webinar, Jonathan Councell will introduce a path towards nobility as it is laid out in 2 Peter 1:3-11 and presented as an inversion in Dante’s Inferno. Dante’s use of setting, a unique literary technique known as contrapasso, and his use of participation (both of the pilgrim Dante and the reader) will be explored in light of the practice of the virtues of nobility as ordered by scripture. Questions to be explored are as follows:

• What is nobility according to the scripture and Dante?
• How does nobility fit within the paradigm of classical christian education?
• How can we best use scripture to understand the style, structure, and meaning of The Inferno?
• How were the Greco-Roman virtues combined and ordered with the theological virtues?
• Why does Dante's Divine Comedy begin in a descent into hell, and what does this mean for moral instruction?
• How does 2 Peter 1 and Dante invert the pagan understanding of nobility?
• How does Dante reveal one of the prime purposes of literature?
• How do we participate in the noble life?

The seminar will be recorded; however, you must sign up before February 18 to have access to it. Registration will be cut off at 2:00pm (EST) on February 18.

Please note that login information for the seminar will be sent an hour before the seminar.