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Christian Dante

In Paradiso 12 Dante says God rescued Christendom “through grace alone” (per sola grazia). Guido da Montefeltro (inferno 27) and his son Buonconte (Purgatorio 5) exemplify God’s grace, a theme that permeates the Comedy.

The Ultimate Rhetoric Handbook

Andrew Kern proposes that Homer meant the Iliad to be understood and used as a guide to rhetoric – and that there is no better handbook available. It can and must be used to teach rhetoric, and rhetoric is a key to understanding the Iliad. If you like either (or if you like teaching) watch […]

John Milton: Classical Learning and the Progress Virtue

SCL Alcuin Fellow Grant Horner, Professor of Renaissance and Reformation Studies at The Master’s College, will speak on his new book from Classical Academic Press about the great seventeenth century Puritan poet and his inestimable influence on the history of classical learning for Christians.

Philosophy of Biology: From Dante to Darwin

This seminar will survey how change in thought and growth in knowledge from the Middle Ages into the 19th century led to Darwin’s theory of evolution. We will explore the shift from the motivating ideal of love to struggle and competition as well as the shift from sacramental participation to nothing but mechanistic motion. Particular […]

Why Read Stories? Connecting the Great Books and the Good Life

In many ways, hosting reading and discussion groups is a highly counter-cultural exercise: In our distracted, virtual, and isolated world, it is a hospitable invitation to paying rigorous attention to a challenging text within a community. This seminar will provide practical how-tos for creating, launching, and maintaining a compelling reading group.

Where Athens and Jerusalem Meet: Why Dante Chose Virgil as his Guide

Dante’s Divine Comedy, perhaps the single greatest expression of the human imagination, sets itself the daunting task of embodying in verse the full medieval vision of God, Man, and the Universe. However, when he chose what great figure of the past would function as his guide through Hell and Purgatory, the Catholic Dante chose not […]

Latin Literary Analysis

Literature is the artful use of language to paint images and convey emotions through a variety of techniques based on vocabulary and syntax. What better way to study this art form than by reading the master works of such literary artists as Vergil and Cicero as composed in their own tongue? Author and teacher Karen […]

Reaching for Rhetoric in Foreign Languages

Language possesses the potentional to be both tool for communication and art form. Discover how to lead your students from learning vocabulary and verb charts to articulating their likes, recounting a tale, decoding poetry, or simply conversing eloquently. Explore the possiblities for incorporating literature and historical figures in weaving a story and inviting your students […]