Dante’s Divine Comedy, Purgatorio: Canto 1 – The Cleansing Begins

Canto 1 It is just before dawn on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1300 when Dante and Virgil arrive on the shores of the island-mountain of Purgatory (see Purgatory Introduction). Upon making ground they encounter Cato – a Roman military leader who lived from 95-46 B.C. and  who committed suicide after he was defeated in the rebellion against Julius…

Dante’s Divine Comedy, Purgatorio: Introduction

Introduction It is Easter morning in the year 1300 when and Virgil and Dante emerge from the pit of the Inferno. Following Dante’s imagery and afterlife structure, we might guess that what comes next is a walk through Heaven – but this is a Catholic poem! The second book of Dante’s Divine Comedy follows the…