The Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri

The Divine Comedy

By Dante Alighieri

  • Release Date: 1555-01-11
  • Genre: Poetry
Score: 4
From 281 Ratings


The poem describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven but at a deeper level, it represents, allegorically, the soul's journey towards God. At this deeper level, Dante draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy, especially Thomistic philosophy and the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas.


  • Classic

    By icykindness
    Classics are called that for a reason. Dark vivid images with turmoil as his constant companion. Simply amazing.
  • comedy?

    By Harry Haff
    Comedy vs tragedy in Dante's time meant that a comedy was written in the vernacular vs Latin, Greek or a more stilted academic prose. Dante wrote this in the vernacular (comedy) so the general educated public could read it.
  • Well this book isn't funny at all...

    By Freaks1996
    Not did I even get one laugh
  • Difficult translation

    By Ksmith2
    I found this translation very difficult to get through. I pulled out my old paperback version from years ago and it was much more enjoyable to read. If this is your first dive into classical philosophy, get a different translation. This one is pretty difficult to get into..
  • Great Read!

    By Chelles2011
    This book was introduced to us in high school! I'm an American and very proud! Don't assume your the smartest egg in the basket... Because you would be proved wrong by MANY intelligent Americans! It's a shame to judge an entire country from what you have seen and/or heard from the media!!! Good thing God dose not judge us based upon stereotypes!!! God Bless us all!
  • @jovim

    By rah711
    Your absolutely correct. I've noticed that most of the people that slam U.S. are those that benefit the most from U.S. aid.
  • Awesome

    By LivinLoud7
    This certainly isn't for everyone, however a great read and truly a masterpiece. One of my favorites. A challenging but rewarding book!
  • In answer to volumes

    By Far2geeky
    In answer to an actually related question/topic and to those of you wondering, yes this does contain all three volumes of Dante's divine comedy. I just downloaded it to check and it contains all three canticas. Carry on children.
  • Great poem

    By Tyruss Sennett
    This is a good book to read in high school. But why call it a comedy is because of how things were in the ancient world. Or how the end was low was comedy or happy ending and high was more of a serious but this poem was both and finish as a ("Comedy") instead of a ("Tragedy")
  • Intelligence Argument

    Why are all of you arguing about how intteligent "America" is? There are millions of people who are smart and millions more who arent its just a fact