The Music of the Spheres: Dante’s Pre- Copernican Universe

Dante’s Divine Comedy presupposes a universe and a perspective on that universe that is
radically different than our own. Aside from positing the earth as the center, Dante and his
contemporaries conceived of a perfectly ordered, innately poetic cosmos of exquisite beauty,
balance, and harmony. Even more vitally, they beheld in the starry heavens a universe fraught
with meaning and purpose, a universe that, far from being cold and dead, moved in sympathy
with our terrestrial and spiritual lives. Come join us as we journey, along with Dante, from
Hell to Purgatory to Paradise.