Dante’s Purgatorio

Dante’s Purgatorio is the second of three courses that cover the whole of his Divine ComedyInferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso. This course was originally offered live and is now available OnDemand.

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Welcome to Dante’s Purgatorio with Robert Royal

Thank you for enrolling in this course on Dante’s Purgatorio. In this course, we’ll see how Dante and his guide Virgil have come ashore on the island mountain of Purgatory and ascend towards the summit where the Earthly Paradise, the original state of life on earth, still exists and may be entered those who have purged themselves of sins. Along the way, we’ll see how virtues are developed that offset the Seven Deadly Sins: Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Gluttony, Avarice, and Lust. And how souls become ready to begin their pilgrimage to Heaven and ultimately the Beatific Vision.

Dante is a whole universe. Take it slow, savor the journey, and the new vistas that it will open up.


Robert Royal

Robert Royal


Robert Royal is editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. Among his many books are The God That Did Not Fail,  Columbus and the Crisis of the West,  and A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century.