The Christian Humanist, Episode #75: Ante-Dante

General Introduction
– Disappointing David Grubbs
– Listener feedback
– Stroking and broking the ego
– (Yeah, my math is off)
– A correction
– Theologico et Ratio

Translations
– Old Lady Sayers
– End notes, not footnotes
– Reproducing rhyme and meter
– Ciardi’s middle ground
– Musa, king of Dante
– Wikipedia as savior
– The advantages of reading in translation

Footnotes
– C.S. Lewis gets snobby
Thundercats and Plutarch
– Spreading our ignorance

Poet and Persona
– It gets better
– Guelphs and Gibilines
– Who is Beatrice?
– How much biography is necessary?
– The pleasures of rereading

Poet as Synthesizer
– Dante’s debt to the Nicomachean Ethics
– How approachable is Aristotle?
– The Philosopher says these things
– Looking up the footnotes
– Nathan’s favorite Thomist
– Social virtue

Medieval Cosmology
– David lectures
– What Lewis says
– Hierarchies and boundaries

Virgil
– The Guide
– Soul-sorting in The Aeneid
– Violating the social contract
– Dante’s poetic furniture
– How good is The Aeneid?
– David defends Orlando Furioso

Mythological Sources
– The absence of Homer
– The venerable Edith Hamilton

Later Dantes
– Hart Crane goes underground
– Cheever’s suburban inferno
– The Burial of the Dead
– O’Connor’s Purgatory
– Who hears Prufrock’s story?

Our Advice
– Read the other two!
– Don’t try to understand every reference
– Train yourself
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Crane, Hart. The Bridge. New York: Liveright, 1992.

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—. The Divine Comedy. Trans. Allen Mandlebaum. New York: Bantam, 1982. 3 volumes.

—. The Divine Comedy. Trans. Mark Musa. New York: Penguin, 2002. 3 volumes.

—. The Divine Comedy. Trans. Dorothy L. Sayers. New York: Penguin, 1955. 3 volumes.

Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land. New York: Norton, 2000.

Hamilton, Edith. Mythology. Boston: Back Bay, 1998.

Homer. The Odyssey. Trans. E.V. Rieu. New York: Penguin, 2003.

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—. The Great Divorce. New York: HarperOne, 2009.

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O’Connor, Flannery. The Complete Stories. Ed. Sally Fitzgerald. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1971.

Virgil. The Aeneid. Trans. Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin, 2010.

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