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Episode 61 - The Earthly Paradise. Dante meets Beatrice, and the rebirth is complete.

The last 6 cantos describes the dramatic events in the Garden of Eden, where Dante meets Beatrice and is finally cleansed after a deep confession. He is then fully restored, and ready for the stars. This also concludes the second book, the Purgatory!


Episode 60 - Dante climbs the next 6 Terraces, and reaches the Garden of Eden.

As they go through the remaining six terraces of punishments and atonement on Mount Purgatory, Dante learns the final parts of human nature and its moral structures. He is then ready to enter the Garden of Eden on the top, the Earthly Paradise - as Lord of Himself - and he can now follow his instinct for pleasure, knowing well the nature and consequences of the sins.


Episode 59 - The Ledge of the Proud. Dante learns about humility, and the climb gets easier.

As Virgil and Dante walk through the main gate of the Purgatory they discover a set of beautiful carvings about the virtue of humility, they meet the regretful souls of the proud under heavy slabs of stone, and they discover a second set of carvings, this time with stories about pride. After this, an angel comes and removes one of the seven P's from Dante's forehead: "He led us straight to where the rock was cleft. Once there, he brushed his wings against my brow, then he assured me of a...


Episode 58 - Arriving at the Main Gate, with three steps of marble white, dark stone and flaming red. The real climb is about to start.

From the first slope through the two levels of Antepurgatory, Dante and Virgil reach the main gate which is guarded by an angel with a sword. The Guardian uses a golden and silver key to open the gate, symbolic of the authority to do so, and the skill and wisdom to asses the souls' sincerity of their regrets. The keys were given to him by Peter. In canto 3, Dante first marvels at the work he sees in front of him: "I raised my eyes to marvel at the mount that grew out of the sea toward...


Episode 57 - The Boatman, souls arriving on the Mountain-Island, and Dante meets an old Friend.

In the second Canto of the Purgatory a boat with over a hundred souls arrives at the shore, ready to climb up the mountain to purify their spirits. Dante meets an old friend, who sings with a beautiful voice and spellbounds the other souls. Then Cato the Guardian appears: "And while we stood enraptured by the sound of those sweet notes - a sudden cry: "What's this, you lazy souls?" It was the Just Old Man. "What negligence to stand around like this! Run to the mountain, shed that slough...


Episode 56 - Opening of Purgatory, Washing the Face as Cleansing of Sins. Humility is now guiding him towards Redemption.

The second episode on the opening of Purgatory, with the symbolic act of washing his face as a cleansing of sins - and as the theme of the second book, and Purgatory Mountain. Cato tells them two things; "Go with this man, see that you gird his waist with a smooth reed; take care to bathe his face till every trace of filth has disappeared," v. 94-96, Canto I. Which means to from now equip him with humility, and rinse his soul properly of the "filth" (sins) he was witnessing in the first...


Episode 55 - The Purgatory, with Dante. Opening with the Muses, and Cato from the Roman Empire.

Today we are looking at the opening of the Purgatory, and how Dante is using the elements of Greek Myth, Literature, Biblical stories and the history of the Roman Empire to create the first few lines of the second book. His "boat" is growing, as symbol of his poetic powers and the story we are following.


Episode 54 - The Inspiration of Homer and Hesiod, and Greek Culture. The Muses are singing!

In this episode we will look at a brief overview of the nine muses, the deities of inspiration in the Greek Mythology; Calliope, Clio, Euterpe, Erato, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia and Urania - and their roles as openings for the Illiad, the Odyssey, the Theogony - and countless other major works from the Ancient World (and also later in the Renaissance). Hesiod describes: "And one day they taught Hesiod glorious song while he was shepherding his lambs under holy Helicon, and...


Episode 53 - Deucalion, and recreating the World after the Flood. The Oracles help.

From Ovid's Book 1 - here is the dramatic story of the Great Flood, that wipes out all of civilization and recreates the world as the Age of the Heroes.


Episode 52 - Prometheus, Zeus and Pandora. How Suffering came into the World.

In this episode we are reading and commenting on the story of Prometheus from the starting point of the Dispute of Mecone, to the hiding and theft of Fire from Zeus, and the punishment of Pandora and her Jar that is not to be opened.


Episode 51 - The Ages of Man, and the Flood in Greek Mythology.

An overview of the Five Ages of the world, and the big Flood that wipes out the mythological Bronze Age, before the Great Age of the Heroes.


Episode 50 - Greek Myth and Stories, as a Reflection of the structure of Life.

Thank you to all our listeners, for tuning in and for the loyal support! It's a big inspiration. Also, from the Greek Creation Myth - the birth of the Skies and the Mountains; "And Earth first bare starry Heaven, equal to herself, to cover her on every side, and to be an ever-sure abiding-place for the blessed gods. And she brought forth long Hills, graceful haunts of the goddess-Nymphs who dwell amongst the glens of the hills."


Episode 49 - Hubris, Minotaur and the Labyrinth, and the Icarus Myth.

In this episode we look at the concept of Hubris and Nemesis in the Greek Myth, and link the events from Europa and Zevs on Crete, to the Labyrinth of Daedalus, and the story of his son Icarus who flew too close to the sun.


Episode 48 - Scholasticism, and the endeavour of blending the Greek and Christian Tradition.

In this episode we'll discuss the question: "Why are the Greek Gods in the same Universe as the Christian Gods in the "Comedy""?


Episode 47 - The Myth of Europa, and King Minos. How Europe got its name!

More of the Greek Myths, and the origins of the name of Europe as a continent. For illustrations and more info, please go to Thank you for listening! :)


Episode 46 - The Greek Creation Myth. Chaos, Gaia, and Zevs.

From the origin of the Gods, and the Cosmos.


Episode 45 - Dante travels through the center of the Earth, and escapes the Inferno. Canto 32-34.

In the last part of the Inferno, Dante and Virgil meet Lucifer in the center of the planet, half frozen in ice. He is gigantic in size, and his head has three faces eating the three traitors Judas, Brutus and Cassius (who plotted against The Roman Emperor Caesar.) From the opening of the last poem, Canto 34: A far-off windmill turning its huge sails when a thick fog begins to settle in, or when the light of day begins to fade, that is what I thought I saw appearing. And the gusts of...


Episode 44 - The Well of the Giants. Dante is almost at the center of the Inferno, and meets the Greek Titans.

After seeing the "falsifiers" in the last part of Circle 8, Dante encounters the Well of Giants, where biblical and Greek Mythological figures are bound with chains. They represent the betrayal and the combination of strength, intellect and evil will. Dante reflects: for when the faculty of intellect is joined with brute force and with evil will, no man can win against such an alliance. Verse 55-57, Canto XXXI The end of this canto ends with Dante and Virgil being lifted down to a lake...


Episode 43 - Lower Part of the Inferno, Canto 9-28. The scenes get more graphic.

In this episode we give a broader overview of the Lower Inferno from the City of Dis, down through the waterfall, and deep into the 8th circle. The three main parts of the inferno is the incontinence (lack of self-restraint), violence (to self or others), and different forms of fraud in the deepest part journey. From the scene of the waterfall, into the abyss: I saw a figure coming, it was swimming through the thick and murky air, up to the top (a thing to startle even stalwart...


Episode 42 - Reason, Emotion and Music.

A reflection on the timeless balance and sometimes contradiction between reason and emotion, in human nature and also in contrasting strains of history. The quote was the following: "Emotions of any kind can be evoked by melody and rhythm; therefore by music a man becomes accustomed to feeling the right emotions; music has thus the power to form character, and the various kinds of music based on various modes may be distinguished by their effects on character. - Aristotle