Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The World of Dante

World of Dante

Deborah Parker at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities has apparently spearheaded turning Dante Aligheri's Divine Comedy into a multimedia project called  "The World of Dante."

Anybody who's a fan of The Divine Comedy needs to check this website out. Any DM who wants to run a game set in Hell or in Italy should also take a look.

First, you have the art gallery, featuring the works by Gustave Dore and others.

Third, here's the music--yes music--that Dante refers do in the Purgatorio and Paradiso.

Fourth, there's also a timeline of the events in Dante Aligheri's life.

There's also a number of other resources like search engine, stuff for teachers, and so on. 

But here's what really fantastic about this website: 

Each Canto features both the original Italian and English translations side-by side. There's also a menu on the right that cross references all of the people, monsters, deities, music, and other stuff related to that particular Canto. 

I can think of all kinds of uses for this at the gaming table (and, of course, scholarly research).

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