Great Books II   Spring 2017

  Reading Questions  

February 13




Dante Purgatorio

Focus on Cantos I-II



Book I

  1. What are palpable differences between the two canticles.
  2. Compare the ways that the physical spaces of Inferno & Purgatorio are organized. What do these architectures teach us?
  3. Read the Catechism entries about hell and purgatory.
  4. What final thoughts do you have about sin and punishment?




  1. What is Boethius' problem?
  2. What is Lady Philosophy's diagnosis?
  3. How does Fortune work?