Summary of the Circles of Dante’s Inferno

Summary of the Levels of Hell

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Gate of Hell – Cowards who refused to take a stand for or against God.  Running aimlessly, stung by wasps.

Circle one – Limbo. Virtuous pagans.  Virgil, Plato. Unfulfilled desire, hopelessness and grief.

Circle two – The lustful.  Francesca and Paolo. Cleopatra.  Eternally being swirled in windstorm.

Circle three – The gluttons.  Guarded by the three-headed dog, Cerberus.  Eating slime and muck.

Circle four – The prodigal and the miserly.  Hoarders and wasters pushing enormous stones against each other.

Circle five – The wrathful and the sullen.  Thrashing flesh and bodies torn apart in dark filthy water of the River Styx.

Circle six – The heretics.  City of Dis.   Sinners living in fiery tombs.

Circle seven – The violent, the suicides, the blasphemers, the sodomites, the usurers.
A river of boiling blood guarded by Centaurs.  Souls become a forest of suffering trees,
others torn apart by dogs, rain of fire, mutilation.

Circle eight – Fraudulent, pimps, seducers, flatterers, simonists, sorcerers, corrupt politicians, sewers of division, falsifiers, alchemists, thieves.  Eternally walking and tormented. Living in excrement. Stuffed into holes. Heads turned backwards. Boiling tar. lead capes. Snakes. Flames.

Circle nine – Betrayers of family, country, and God.  Sinners encased in ice.  Home of Satan.   Cannibalism.  Judas being eternally chewed by Lucifer.

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6 thoughts on “Summary of the Circles of Dante’s Inferno

  1. Thank you for all of this – I am Italian spoken and often get through the pages of the Inferno without need of English – I do not like other people’s translations they can be misleading.
    I was educated in England at the expense of a Step-father for whom there may be a special place on Hell – I have recently begun to study my Mother’s language, Italian – and need to go back to France too my Father was half Breton.
    I like all the work you have done – may I visit again

  2. hell is real . As it was stated in the Bible . but no one really know what it looks like . hell is eternal death . but God gave us eternal life if we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior 🙂 God bless

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