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Dante's Divine Comedy

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Publisher: The Teaching Company
Author: William R. Cook, Ph.D.
Ronald B. Herzman, Ph.D.

List Price: DVD: $254.95, VHS: $199.95, Audio CD: $179.95

Ages: 15-18 Years

Reviewed By: Dana Lynn Boswell

 
The curriculum for Dante's Divine Comedy is produced by The Teaching Company for the adult student, yet a home school could use this for the more advanced high school levels. Presenters for this series are William R. Cook, Ph. D. and Ronald B Herzman Ph. D., who have team taught this class, Dante's Divine Comedy, as well as several others since 1974. These two professors have each published writings of their own as well as co-authoring work together.

Dr. Cook received his Ph. D. at Cornell University and for the last thirty years has filled the appointment of Assistant Professor of History at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he holds the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor. His classes at SUNY Geneseo include ancient history, medieval history, the renaissance and Reformation periods, and biblical Christian thought.

Dr. Ronald B. Herzman attended Brooklyn Prep and Manhattan College, graduating and receiving the Devlin Medal for excellence in French. As a DuPont Fellow and New York Regents Fellow he studied English Literature at the University of Delaware, receiving his M.A. and Ph. D. He also studied at Princeton University and the University of Chicago. Other awards include the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Manhattan College. Currently He has the appointed position of Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Geneseo and holds the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor of English; he also holds other concurrent positions.

You will find this course to be Christian-friendly. The Bible and its participants are presented as factual. Both professors have taught courses on the basis of the Bible and present this subject well. Dante's Divine Comedy is a poem that takes the main character, Dante, to Heaven, Hell and Purgatory with real and fictional characters as his guide. The story is presented as a journey both of a moral and physical nature.

This course contains a goodly amount of introduction and background involving a lot of history. The professors give several biographical lessons as well as some on political history from before and during Dante's own time. Students learn about Dante and get an explanation of the poem so they can more easily grasp it. The explanation of politics helps them to follow this writing, because it was so much a part of Dante's life. Another part of the introduction covers literature due to the impact Virgil's Aeneid and Augustine's personal autobiography had on this poem as well as some of Dante's earlier work. A lot of information is given so that the when the student reads independently the parts of this poem that are not analyzed in the course they will know how to understand it.

The visuals for this course include slides of brightly colored paintings and other computerized slides showing charts or subtitles. There is a course guidebook that comes with each course and this one includes timelines and other graphical information as well as explanations for each lecture. It also has thought questions for checking comprehension of each of the lectures.

Scope & Sequence

Part I

Lecture 1: Reading the Poem-Issues and Editions
Lecture 2: A Poet and His City-Dante's Florence
Lecture 3: Literary Antecedents, I
Lecture 4: Literary Antecedents, II
Lecture 5: "Abandon Every Hope, All You Who Enter"
Lecture 6: The Never-Ending Storm
Lecture 7: Heretics
Lecture 8: The Seventh Circle-The Violent
Lecture 9: The Sin of Simony
Lecture 10: The False Counselors
Lecture 11: The Ultimate Evil
Lecture 12: The Seven-Story Mountain

Part II

Lecture 13: Purgatory's Waiting Room
Lecture 14: The Sin of Pride
Lecture 15: The Vision to Freedom
Lecture 16: Homage to Virgil
Lecture 17: Dante's New Guide
Lecture 18: Ascending the Spheres
Lecture 19: An Emperor Speaks
Lecture 20: The Circle of the Sun-Saints and Sages
Lecture 21: A Mission Revealed-Encounter with an Ancestor
Lecture 22: Can a Pagan Be Saved?
Lecture 23: Faith, Hope, Love, and the Mystic Empyrean
Lecture 24: "In My End Is My Beginning"

Lifetime Guarantee: "...if a course is ever less than completely satisfying, you may exchange it for another or we will refund your money promptly."
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Available From: The Teaching Company
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Other Notes: Cost: Audio Tape: $129.95
The Teaching Company always has courses on sale at 70% off. You may watch the site and purchase your preferred sets as they go on sale.
 

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Dana Lynn Boswell
Dana Lynn Boswell has been homeschooling for a hundred years, which is a feat considering her oldest son was only born in 1976. She is also a terrific mom, perfect wife, and the best possible friend.
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