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


by
Louis Markos June 29, 2014


Presented at:
SCL Conference 2014

ABSTRACT:

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.


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Dante Poetry Theology


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Louis Markos
Louis Markos holds a BA in English and History from Colgate University and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Michigan. He is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, where he teaches courses on British Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Prose, the Classics, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and Film.

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