Be­tween heaven and hell

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The mod­ern world owes a debt to Floren­tine poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), whose vi­sion of the af­ter­life in The Divine Com­edy still res­onates in the art and con­scious­ness of the Chris­tian world. His ma­jor work was started and fin­ished while liv­ing in ex­ile. In it, Dante ex­plored the re­li­gious, philo­soph­i­cal, and po­lit­i­cal life of the me­dieval world on the eve of the Re­nais­sance. Be­tween Heaven and Hell: The World of Dante Alighieri in Me­dieval Florence, a sym­po­sium spon­sored by Re­ne­san In­sti­tute for Life­long Learn­ing, takes place from Mon­day, Nov. 16, through Thurs­day, Nov. 19, at St. John’s United Methodist Church. On the cover is Domenico Peter­lini’s Dante in Ex­ile, circa 1860.

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