See http://heidenkind.blogspot.com/2009/05/short-history-of-dante-alighieri-and.html  for the source of the above painting of Giotto.

Dante’s engagement with philosophy cannot be studied apart from his vocation as a writer, in which he sought to raise the level of public discourse by educating his countrymen and inspiring them to pursue happiness in the contemplative life. He was one of the most learned Italian laymen of his day, intimately familiar with Aristotelian logic and natural philosophy, theology (he had a special affinity for the thought of Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas), and classical literature. His writings reflect this in its mingling of philosophical and theological language, invoking Aristotle and the neo-Platonists side by side with the poet of the psalms. Like Aquinas, Dante wished to summon his audience to the practice of philosophical wisdom, though by means of truths embedded in his own poetry, rather than mysteriously embodied in scripture.

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/dante/.  See the aforementioned site for an excellent review of his contributions to the arts, learning, and critique of his works.

Giotto di Bondone, The Last Judgment, Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

See http://heidenkind.blogspot.com/2009/05/short-history-of-dante-alighieri-and.html for the source of the picture of the above fresco and other photos and information.

Giotto di Bondone, The Last Judgment (detail), Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua.

See  http://heidenkind.blogspot.com/2009/05/short-history-of-dante-alighieri-and.html for the source of the picture of the above fresco and other photos and information.

For an excellent interactive site that explores not only Dante and his Divine Comedy,  but also its significance and the arts of that time as influenced by him, see http://www.worldofdante.org/ , which is self-described as a research tool in the study of Dante.

For an excellent article on Dante, his Divine Comedy, and artistic responses to him and his work from his time to the present, see http://heidenkind.blogspot.com/2009/05/short-history-of-dante-alighieri-and.html.

See http://ericmacknight.com/ibalit/2011/12/reflection-interactive-oral-inferno/  for an excellent source of one writer’s research into the influence of Greek thought and philosophy upon Dante’s  Divine Comedy.

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