Dante Alighieri’s Inferno (Course Fee)

Dante’s Inferno is the first of three courses that cover the whole of his Divine Comedy – InfernoPurgatorio, Paradiso. This course was originally offered live and is now available OnDemand so that more people can benefit from the experience of reading the greatest of Christian poems.

In this course, we’ll see how Dante wakes up to his predicament – he’s lost in a dark wood. As he soon discovers, he’s going to have to make a trip to the very bottom of Hell in order to understand the things that are keeping him from a life of virtue and holiness. In the next course – on Purgatorio – we’ll see how sins are purged and virtues developed, and in Paradiso, how the expansion of vision and the soul make us capable of the Beatific Vision.

The course includes:

  • 8  1.5-hour video lectures, each session covers about four Cantos of Inferno
  • An optional copy of Dante Alighieri: Divine Comedy, Divine Spirituality by Robert Royal
  • Extra reading material related to the course (optional)
  • Unlimited access to the course

We highly recommend students also independently purchase a copy of either Anthony Esolen or Robert and Jean Hollander’s translation of Dante’s Inferno.




What course participants say

"Please convey my gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Royal and everyone who made this course possible. It was not only intellectually stimulating but was fun too. I have tried to read The Divine Comedy in the past and certainly did not understand the beauty and the inspiration Dante conveyed."

- Judy F.

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.