Thomas continues his journey with Dante through Purgatory, specifically the circle of Pride. Also, Francis Ford Coppola
How will we let our own Purgatory affect us? What will our habits be on the other side?
A young man from Perugia makes his way to Naples to purchase a horse and gets entangled with his newfound sister.
Landolfo Rufolo turns to a life of piracy after making a disastrous effort as a merchant.
A trio of brothers get money, lose money, get more money, lose that money, then finally get bailed out of debtors jail by their young cousin who meets a suspicious abbot . . . then meets the pope.
A merchant falls in with some shady characters, but his patron saint, St. Julian, sees him through safely.
Three Florentines get themselves into trouble when they visit the body of a dead porter everyone believes is a saint.
In this final story of day 1, Pampinea tells the story of an old doctor enamored of a young widow. She tries to poke fun at him, but he cleverly turns the tables.
A woman takes a journey to the Holy Land, only to be attacked. She decides to appeal to the king for help.
A court entertainer turns a miser's life around with one sassy quip.
Bergamino, a performer, is slighted by Messer Cane, so he tells the story of Primasso and the Abbot.
In this story, a rather innocent rich man is fleeced by a Franciscan monk. The rich man finds vengeance when he needles him good in front of his buddies.
The Marchioness is one beautiful woman, and her reputation reaches a king who makes plans to visit her on the sly.
A young monk who is just too vigorous for monastery life has a quick fling with a girl. Intrigue ensues when the abbot gets involved.
Saladin was once in want of some cash, so he tries to trap Melchisedech into giving him some cash.
In this story, a wealthy Parisian cloth merchant convinces a Jewish friend to convert to Christianity after he visits Rome.
This is story one of the Decameron, about a thug who became a saint.
This is the first installment of Quarantine Stuff You Should Know. To help with the quarantine doldrums, A.J. will be giving you a story almost daily from the Decameron. This episode serves as an intro to the series.
We're almost there, guys, and this is the penultimate chapter of Plato's republic. This one is all about tyranny. A tyranny named Tyrone.
As a follow up to book IX of the republic, Graeme leads us on a thought journey to the medieval land of government. So strap on your cassock and let's get weird.
We've done Dante's Inferno before, so Thomas introduces us to his Purgatorio in this episode. Doesn't "Purgatorio" sound like the Italian version of famous horror movie "The Purge"? It isn't, though.
In book eight of Plato's Republic, Socrates discusses the degradation of an Aristocracy into more mediocre forms of government. Spoiler, democracy is not near the top.
There's a big ol' white horse made of rocks in the UK, and Chesterton wrote some poem about it or whatever. It's okay I guess. Maybe worth a quick jaw wag.
Thomas leads us further up the mountain as we discuss "Climbing Parnassus" by Tracy Lee Simmons. Greek and Latin, he argues, are the organizing principle for classical education. Also, it impresses people when you can tell them what all those words on the dollar bill mean.