The Divine Comedy

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by Dante Alighieri

The greatest poem of the Middle Ages, in the standard Carlyle-Okey-Wicksteed translation, with full notes.

The Inferno, the Purgatorio, and the Paradiso, comprise The Divine Comedy. Led by the souls of Virgil and his love Beatrice, Dante crosses the gulfs of Hell, climbs the mountain of Purgatory and arrives through the spheres of Heaven in the presence of God. Replete with symbolism and allusions based on Dante's fluency with philosophy, astronomy, natural science, politics and history, it is also widely recognized as one of the most influential works in the Western canon.