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Dante’s Inferno: A virtual tour of hell

By October 1, 2006

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Dante Alighieri’s name heads the poetic canon of Western civilization. He wrote poetry of the very highest order in the vernacular Italian of his day rather than in classical Greek or Latin, and thereby changed the course of literary tradition. He invented Terza rima, a form that persists and enriches our languages today. He mapped heaven and hell in his Divine Comedy, creating worlds in words which have served as inspiration for unforgettable images by artists like William Blake and Gustav Dore in the centuries that followed. And his work is still being interpreted and translated today, most recently The Inferno in a new verse translation by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. No wonder then, that Dante’s hell has also spawned a number of new-media explorations, including this Flash tour of The Inferno:

from Eastern Kentucky University (with thanks to Jim Finnegan of Litstation Web radio and the NewPoetry list for pointing out the link):
Dante’s Inferno: A virtual tour of hell, a final project created by Todd King from the 2001 Flash authoring course
It begins “I am the way into the City of Woe”—and as Jim Finnegan pointed out, “the intro is worth waiting through, too”—all the way to “Abandon all hope ye who enter here,” whence you are taken to the Dark Wood and the nine circles, with Virgil and Dante as your guides.

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Comments

February 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm
(1) Todd King says:

Hi, this is Todd who made the Inferno page. You can find it at its new/permanent home at http://foxtwin.com/inferno

March 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(2) MrDeathReaperofWar says:

God of war sucks, it’s all about Dante’s inferno!

March 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm
(3) Amber Friel says:

Todd,

As a teacher at a high school, I wanted to let you know how invaluable this website is. I was prepping my lessons for this semester, and realized that I could no longer access your virtual tour. This sent me into a downward spiral akin to a panic attack (mostly over dramatizing here, but my stomach did lurch). My students have always LOVED your website and I believe it is their favorite part of the year. It really helps them to better understand the portions of the Inferno that we read. Anyway, I searched, and searched, and searched until I found your link on his webpage. Thank you so much for you dedication to the Inferno. Without it, students in small town, PA would not be able to connect with this classic piece of literary genius.

March 24, 2010 at 9:59 am
(4) Todd King says:

Amber, thank you for your compliments! I am so glad it is being used by teachers and students–especially since they enjoy it! Your feedback is always welcome.

March 24, 2010 at 6:55 pm
(5) Johnny Drum says:

What a great guide!
Reading this poem as I adore the Illustrations of Gustav Dore and wanted a better knowledge of what was going on in his pictures.
Many many thanks

December 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm
(6) Samey says:

Thanks for the great effort on turning Dante’s Inferno to an easy illustration. It was a very hard task for me at a young age to learn it through the regular huge translated book. Now my 12 years old son can understand the whole poem without even my help. It is also easier to go through the rings on different days for his young mind. English translation also is very simple, and does not use any old English expressions that are not used in daily American spoken language. Two thumbs up.

February 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm
(7) mattlock187 says:

On tv series ancient aliens the pyramids built are unknown of how massive size stones could be piled by men but the statues of monster size creatures indicates the assistance and documents the existence of belief. Man/men did not no what god was trying to blueprint to them which was to build pyramids that would architect the way we build today.

August 14, 2012 at 10:23 am
(8) Catherine says:

Todd,

I teach World Literature at a high school in Georgia. We have used your site for many years to introduce the Inferno to our students. Recently, we have had problems accessing it. Has your site moved or have you deleted it?

Thanks so much for this great resource. Our kids love it.

Catherine

August 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm
(9) poetry says:

Catherine,

I just checked the “new/permanent” URL Todd gave in his comment above, http://foxtwin.com/inferno/, and it works just fine for me. Is that the address you’ve been using?

Margy Snyder
poetry.guide@about.com

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