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Dante tra poesia e scienza

University of Naples Federico II via edX

Overview

La Commedia di Dante è una delle opere più tradotte e stampate nelle lingue e nei dialetti del mondo. Un testo scritto nel 1300 che affronta temi ancora oggi attuali, e che può rendere l'uomo del nostro tempo più vicino «a quell'amore che move il sole e l’altre stelle.

Questo corso affronta non solo la poesia presente nel percorso che il poeta-personaggio Dante ha tracciato nella sua opera quale viaggio dall’umano al "divino", ma anche la parte scientifica dell’opera. Quest’ultima ha avuto in genere una minore frequentazione critica rispetto all’universo poetico. Essa, infatti, risulta scarsamente frequentata dal critico letterario, mentre è stata oggetto di studio da parte di scienziati di ieri e del nostro tempo.

In questo viaggio nella Commedia dantesca sarai accompagnato per mano da personaggi come Beatrice, Pier delle Vigne, Ulisse ma anche dal più grande dei nostri scienziati, Albert Einstein per comprendere come l’esatta descrizione del cosmo fatta da Dante Alighieri nel 1300 è stata poi dimostrata dalla scienza moderna.

In tal modo la Commedia riesce meglio a suggerire al lettore il valore del pensiero dantesco offrendo ai lettori del XXI secolo un esempio di come la poesia e la scienza non devono vivere in “camere separate”, ma costituiscono l’unità del sapere universale.

Dante: between poetry and science

Dante’s comedy is one of the most widely-translated and published works of all time. Written in 1300, it deals with themes which are still relevant today, and which makes today’s generations feel closer «to that love that moves the sun and other stars.

This course looks at the poetry in the journey that the poet-character Dante takes his readers on from the human to the “divine”. It will focus on the scientific aspects, which have, in general, received less interest on the part of critics. Although largely ignored by literary critics, Dante has been widely studied by scientists both past and present.

You will be escorted on your journey through Dante’s comedy by characters like Beatrice, Pier delle Vigne and Ulysses, but also by some of the most famous scientists, like Albert Einstein, to see how Dante Alighieri’s description of the cosmos in 1300 was later verified by modern science.

In this way, the Comedy succeeds in conveying how precious Dante's thoughts are and shows 21st century readers that science and poetry do not have to be separated but constitute the unity of universal knowledge.

Taught by

Raffaele Giglio

Reviews

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  • Maria completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it.

    Il corso è stato interessante soprattutto per l'analisi dei canti.fondamentale anche il fatto di aver evidenziato gli elementi di simmetrie e gli elementi scientifici presi in considerazione per spiegare l' amore che muove l'intero universo
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Course provides in-depth background to understand cultural context of Dante. The transcripts provide links to many additional sources and references to deepen understanding. Professor clearly elucidates poetic and scientific ideas.
  • Carloshilger completed this course, spending 9 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    Interesting vision of the cultural environment, in which Alighieri lived. Visions from the musicality, the science of his time, astrology. Very well complemented with relevant texts and complementary to the classes treated.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Excelente!!! Muy claro y muy didactico. Una fortuna tener a un profesor de esa calidad expositiva, coincidieron esas lecturas desarrolladas en el curso con muchas de mis perspectivas. Gracias !!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Eccezionale, ben fatto ed utilissimo! Aiuta ad approfondire il pensiero dell'autore in modo più immediato. Sarebbe interessante affrontare, con una simile modalità, anche opere di altri autori.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very interesting and well done. The insights given have been useful and wide, with links to essays and other academic papers. I appreciated it very much. Thank you.
  • Carlotta completed this course.

    The course was amazing, interesting and offered much food for thoughts ! It has been a wonderful experience and we got the chance to know a totally new "Dante".
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I appreciated to have the chance to discover the relationship between the great Dante and sciences insights such as the Einstein theories . Thank you!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    it was a good course. the teacher was engaging and prepared on the subject. i will reccomend it and I hope to soon follow another course at this university.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was for me first experience with course in italian language and was very amazing. All videos were good picture, I understand all words used by teachers.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Ottimo corso con chiarezza da parte del docente e un argomento interessantissimo. Dante ha sempre un fascino particolare nonostante i secoli trascorsi.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course gave new critical insights into Dante and the relationship between poetry and science in his work.

    Innovative Dante - Einstein connection as well
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    the course is sintetically organized and also very interesting for its multimedial reference

    It allows for in-depth study. I am satisfied!!!!
  • Giuseppe completed this course.

    It was my first experience as e-student. I deeply appreciated the opportunity offered by Federica.eu in a matter tghat I love.

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  • Florence completed this course.

    Very good and interesting course. I enjoyed all the lessons i had the chance too follow.
    I hope a lot of people can follow it
  • Pompeo completed this course.

    Very interesting this course because Dante is the most famous poeta and writer of word. His poems are actually and sublimely.

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