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Dante - The Divine Comedy

Dante - The Divine Comedy
Italian Cultural Garden - Cleveland, OH
September 18, 2011

What better place to hear readings from and discussion about the classic Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri than the Italian Cultural Garden?

Italian Cultural Garden fountain

Marco Nobili, Italian Consul in Detroit, welcomed the crowd and spoke about Dante, the Father of the Italian Language.

Marco Nobili, Italian Consul in Detroit

Marco Nobili


Next, Francesca Mignosa talked about the life and influence of Dante Alighieri.

Francesca Mignosa

Francesca Mignosa




Honorary Vice Consul Serena Scaiola introduced Dr. Paola Basile and Sculptor Sandro Bonaiuto. Dr. Paola Basile is an Associate Professor of Italian and French Studies at Lake Erie College. Sandro Bonaiuto is an internationally acclaimed sculptor born in Cleveland Ohio of Italian parents.

Dr Serena Scaiola

Dr Serena Scaiola




Dr. Basile started with an overview of Inferno and then the first Canto.

Dr. Paola Basile

Dr. Paola Basile

Then Dr. Paola Basile read part of the First Canto of Dante's The Divine Comedy in Italian and Sculptor Sandro Bonaiuto read it in English.

Sculptor Sandro Bonaiuto and Dr. Paola Basile

Sandro Bonaiuto and Paola Basile

Then Dr. Basile discussed the 26th canto of Dante's The Divine Comedy also known as the Ulysses or Odysseus canto. She tells how an Auschwitz prisoner used this canto to survive in prison.

Dr. Basile read part of the 26th canto of Dante's The Divine Comedy in Italian and Sandro Bonaiuto read it in English.

Sandro Bonaiuto  and Paola Basile

Next Dr. Basile explained Purgatorio.

Dr. Paola Basile

They then they read part of Purgatorio in Italian and English.

Sandro Bonaiuto  and Paola Basile

Dr. Paola Basile explained the last (33rd) canto of Paradiso from Dante's The Divine Comedy.

Sandro Bonaiuto  and Paola Basile

Then Dr. Basile read the end of Paradiso in Italian and Sandro Bonaiuto read it in English.

The audience had questions such as Why Inferno is the most popular, How the language changes, What was the relationship with Boniface 8, Dante's romance and exile.

Sandro Bonaiuto,  Paola Basile and Marco Nobili

Congratulations to the event planners and to the two talented scholars who presented.

Paola Basile and Sandro Bonaiuto

Paola Basile and Sandro Bonaiuto


Marco Nobili and Serena Scaiola

Marco Nobili and Serena Scaiola


Francesca Mignosa, Sandro Bonaiuto and Paola Basile

Francesca Mignosa, Sandro Bonaiuto and Paola Basile



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