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Florence in the Age of Dante and Petrarch
Spring Semester 1998

Steve Jobe

Frank Luttmer

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Airflight Information
  • Sabena Airlines
  • April 21: Leave Greater Cincinnati Airport Flight 544 at 6:40 PM. Arrive at Brussels 8:40 AM. Leave Brussels Flight 851 12:20 PM. Arrive in Florence 2:10 PM.
  • May 20: Leave Rome DaVinci Airport Flight 820 at 6:45 AM. Arrive at Brussels 9:00 AM. Leave Brussels Flight 543 at 11:35 AM. Arrive at Greater Cincinnati Airport 2:40 PM.

Hotel Information

Italian Language Immersion Program

  • Professors Ilona Klein and Cinzia Donatelli-Noble
  • Friday, April 17: 6:00-9:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 18: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 19: 9:30-11:30

  • Links to Websites

    Course Description and Objectives

    This course is an introduction to the literature, history, art, philosophy, and theology of the fourteenth century. By analyzing and interpreting primary texts and by experiencing the sights and sounds of Florence and nearby cities, the course seeks to reconstruct the world of Dante and Petrarch.


    R.W.B. Lewis, The City of Florence
    Dante, Inferno, trans. Robert Pinsky
    Dante, Purgatorio, trans Allen Mandelbaum
    Dante, Paradiso, trans. John Sinclair
    Dino Compagni's Chronicle of Florence, trans. Daniel Bornstein
    Petrarch, Selections from the Canzoniere and other Works, trans. Mark Musa
    Thomas Aquinas
    Frederick Hartt, History of Italian Renaissance (On Reserve)


    Final grades will be based on an evaluation of two 1000-word papers (40% each) and class participation (including occasional presentations on assigned readings and, at the end of the term, a presentation of an original terza rima to the class) (20%).


    April 22: Arrive in Florence

    April 23: Inferno, Canto 1; Lewis, 3-56

    April 24: Inferno; Lewis, 57-118

    April 25: Weekend, No Class

    April 26: Weekend, No Class

    April 27: Inferno

    April 28: Inferno

    April 29: Hartt, 27-75

    April 30: Day Trip to Padua: Hartt, 76-103

    May 1: Dino Compagni, Introduction, 3-30, 45-52

    May 2: Weekend, No Class

    May 3: Weekend, No Class

    May 4: Day Trip to Siena: Hartt, 104-132

    May 5: Dino Compagni, 69-75, 81-100; Hartt, 133 ff.

    May 6: Purgatorio

    May 7: Purgatorio

    May 8: Long Weekend, No Class

    May 9: Long Weekend, No Class

    May 10: Long Weekend, No Class

    May 11: Lewis, 119-195; Boccaccio

    May 12: Petrarch

    May 13: Petrarch

    May 14: Leave for Rome

    May 15: Paradiso

    May 16: Weekend, No Class

    May 17: Weekend, No Class

    May 18: Paradiso

    May 19: Paradiso

    May 20: Return from Rome to Cincinnati

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