The Commedia, Dantes powerful vision of the afterlife and human punishment, is one of the great works of world culture. In Dantes Deadly Sins, Raymond Angelo Belliotti expertly draws new and unique insights from the poem, analyzing it in moral terms that connect the poems themes to our own contemporary condition. In so doing, Belliotti demonstrates remarkable parallels between this classic piece of literature and modern life. Dantes Inferno and Purgatorio are permeated?with disturbing images of sinners who become their sins: gluttons mangled and themselves consumed, the lustful forever caught in a chaotic wind. Belliotti emphasizes爐he moral implications of these poems, explaining and evaluating Dantes understanding of the "Seven Deadly Sins" and the ultimate role they play as the basis of human transgression. By examining the Commedia as a work of moral philosophy rather than a historical燼ccount of Dantes firm belief in Christian theology, Belliotti considers Dantes master work as it was intended - namely, as a practical guide to moral betterment. Revealing a broad framework for leading a good life that can be shared by both religious believers and secular existentialists, Dantes Deadly Sins demonstrates that Dante and existential philosophy have much to teach us about living a meaningful life.