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The World of Dante is a multi-media research tool intended to facilitate the study of the Divine Comedy through a wide range of offerings. These include an encoded Italian text which allows for structured searches and analyses, an English translation, interactive maps, diagrams, music, a database, timeline and gallery of illustrations.


Deborah Parker


NEH IATH Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation National Italian American Foundation

Current Focus

I’m now assessing the effectiveness of teaching materials generated by a workshop held in November 2007 in conjunction with a group teachers working in different disciplines at UVA and other institutions. We’re also exploring ways in which visual material enhances reading comprehension.

Future Goals

Create new materials to clarify the astronomical allusions in the Comedy.


A prototype of the World of Dante was created in 1996-97 which focused on the Inferno.

From 2006-2009 we enhanced and expanded The World of Dante to include Purgatory and Paradise along with a wide range of contextual materials.


Graduate and undergraduate assistantships available from 2008-11.

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