Dante’s Divine Comedy is remarkable: a masterpiece of world literature that profoundly changes lives. And yet, at the outset, it is daunting.
This online course offers a unique way into the epic poem. Psychotherapist and philosopher Mark Vernon tells the tale of Dante’s journey through hell, purgatory and paradise, with insightful explanations and reflections, accompanied by 100 of the greatest illustrations that the work has inspired, one for each part or ‘canto’. Dante himself recognised the power of images, and the artwork by genius figures such as Gustav Doré, Sandro Botticelli and William Blake is thrilling and helpful.
Mark Vernon is an expert guide, bringing The Divine Comedy to life 700 years after its publication. Dante was clear he wrote for future generations as much as his own, and The Divine Comedy feels as relevant today as it did in Renaissance Florence. Dante is ready to speak to you now.
What you get:
Video: Nine half-hour richly illustrated video lessons.
Audio: The option to download and listen to the course lessons in podcast form.
Notes: The course is accompanied by downloadable and printable notes. These include an outline of the structure and story of The Divine Comedy plus further reading and information.
Assignments: Optional assignments for each part of the course help you revise and enrich your learning.
Exclusive Course Forum: Here you can post the answers to your assignments and chat to fellow students.
Quiz: Test what you have learnt with our fun multiple choice quiz.
Certificate: When you pass the quiz you will be issued with a beautiful Idler Academy Certificate of Completion.
Live Q&A session with Mark Vernon: Join Mark and your fellow students at a special Meet the Tutor session held on Zoom. This session is open to all students who start the course before April 19th 2021.
About the tutor
Dr Mark Vernon is the Idler’s ‘resident philosopher’ appearing weekly on A Drink with the Idler. He has presented several Idler Academy online courses including An Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and An Introduction to Modern Philosophy.
Mark began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England but left the church to carve a new path as a psychotherapist, writer and broadcaster. He has a private practice in London and also works at the Maudsley Hospital. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His most recent books include The Idler Guide To Ancient Philosophy, Love: All That Matters, and Jung: How To Believe and he has also written books on friendship, belief and the good life. Mark contributes regularly to publications in the UK, including the Idler, the Guardian and Church Times, and he often broadcasts on the BBC.
To find more about Mark go to https://www.markvernon.com/