Dante’s Inferno and its socio-political relevance, 700 years later

[image: one of the paintings featured in the exhibit Inferno, photo by the Author; this is essay #354 in the Philosophy as a Way of Life series]

Dante Alighieri’s Comedy is one of the masterpieces of human civilization. He started working on it in 1308 and completed it in 1320, shortly before he died. This year being the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, several commemorative events have taken place throughout the world and especially in Italy. A few days ago my wife and I visited an exhibit entitled “Inferno,” held…