In a message dated 11/15/00 1:33:18 PM Eastern Standard Time, [log in to unmask] 

> I have been using John Ciardi's translation in my high school teaching the 
>  last three years.  The lack of illustrations is the only drawback. 
> I 
>  have had students do their own illustrations of various circles and that 
>  helps them grasp the text better.

The Commedia is illustrated in Western art more often than any other book 
except the Bible. If you wanted to use slides in your classes, the art 
history department at your college might be able to help you get some 

pat sloane