Dante Lab re-creates the traditional workspace of a Dantista through a customizable, digital tool that facilitates and enhances scholarly research of the Divine Comedy. For additional electronic resources relevant to Dante and the Divine Comedy — including images and illustrations, audio files, bibliographies, and interactive maps — please explore and enjoy these websites.
The Dartmouth Dante Project, precursor to Dante Lab, edited and digitized the entire texts of more than 75 commentaries to the Divine Comedy. The DDP was developed by Professor Robert Hollander between 1982 and 1988 and has continued to add new commentaries. The original DDP opened to the public in 1988 — accessed, pre-Internet, over the Telenet commercial network — and was redesigned for the web in 2005. It offers students and scholars of the Commedia a sophisticated tool capable of searching key words or phrases across the commentaries and in the Petrocchi edition of the poem.
Originated by Robert Hollander of Princeton University in 1999 and directed by him, the Princeton Dante Project (PDP) presents a wealth of paratextual information — including philological notes, Hollander’s commentary, entries from Toynbee’s 1914 Concise Dictionary of Proper Names and Notable Matters in the Works of Dante, links to the Dartmouth Dante Project, and an audio recording of Lino Pertile reading the text of the Divine Comedy — accessed by searching individual passages in the poem. The PDP also features an image library and facing-page translations of Dante’s minor works.
Sponsored by the Società Dantesca Italiana, Dante Online provides users with many Italian language resources for the study of the Divine Comedy and Dante’s minor works. In addition to an extensive database of texts and translations, it also features a catalogue of Commedia manuscripts, 33 of which have been digitized for consultation.
Directed by Deborah Parker, the University of Virginia’s World of Dante is a multimedia research tool that offers a wide variety of resources intended to facilitate the study and instruction of the Divine Comedy. It features a gallery of illustrations of the poem, a library of interactive maps, diagrams, music, and a timeline of events and people referenced in the poem.
Structured as an interactive, multimedia journey through the three realms of the Christian afterlife represented in the Divine Comedy, Guy Raffa’s Danteworlds enhances study of the poem with Flash movies, audio files, and artistic representations accessible by clicking on the various regions of Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise.
In addition to texts and translations of the Divine Comedy and Dante’s minor works, Columbia University’s Digital Dante provides a chronology of Dante’s life and links to useful resources for both Dante Studies and Medieval Studies.