Summary of the Levels of Hell
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.