Dante's Inferno Levels of Hell

by Bertha Flores

LIMBO

In this level are those who did not sin, yet did not have the required portal of faith. punishment: is the denial of Paradise.They have to chase after a balk banner while being stung by hornets

Sinners there:Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato, Aeneas, Lavinia

Lust

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Lust

In this level torrential rains fall without stopping and the wind tears through the air.Located here are those who committed sins of the flesh

Punishment:The souls of the lustful are swept helplessly through the stormy air, making them swirl in the air.

Sinners there:Helen,Cleopatra,Francesca,

Gluttony

In this level rain of filth and excrement falls from the sky.Three-headed dog, Cerberus guards the entrance.

Punishment:The sinners must lie on the ground as the sewage rains down on them.

Sinners here:Ciacco,

Avarice/Prodigal

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Avarice/Prodigal

In this level the demon Plutus is at the entrance.Souls who in life hoarded and squandered their money are here, these souls are located in ditches.

Punishment: souls push weights along.They have too groups that complete semicircles before crashing into each other than have to go back.

Sinners Here- clergymen, popes, and cardinals

Wrath/Sullen

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Wrath/Sullen

Located near the muddy river Styx.Souls are all around the bank covered in mud biting each other,these are the wrathful.These souls during their lives were consumed with anger.The sullen are located completely submerged underneath the Styx.These souls when living sulked under the light of the sun.Dante/Virgil are taken across by Phlegyas.

Punishment:Wrathful-fight/bite each other Sullen-They choke on the black mud of the river,Styx.

Sinners Here-Filippo Argenti

Heresy

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Heresy

In this level there are tombs all around inflamed with fire.Some souls are there because in life they believed the soul died with the body.All the sinners located there believed in many different things, that weren't right.The furies and medusa are also located in this level.

Punishment:Tombs of the sinners are engulfed in flames.

Sinners There-Farinata,Cavalcante de’ Cavalcanti,

Violence

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Violence

Located here are the sinners that in life were violent against others.There is a river full of blood located here.Those who when living were tyrants and have greater sins are located in the deeper parts of the river.

Punishment:to be in river full of boiling blood.Centaurs stand on the bank of the river with bows and arrows and will shoot any soul that tries to raise themselves out of the river.

Sinners Here:Alexander the Great,Dionysius and Atilla the Hun

Suicide

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Suicide

In this circle there is woods filled with black and gnarled trees.These are the people who in life committed suicide/harmed themselves, or their possessions.

Punishment:They are transformed into trees.The Harpies then wound and peck at them.When their tree soul branch is broken it causes the souls the same pain as dismemberment .When it comes time for souls to reunite with their bodies they will not get theirs, since they in life gave them up so easily.The bodies will be hanging on their branches.

Sinners Here:Pier della Vigna,Jacomo da Sant’Andrea

Blasphemers

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Blasphemers

In this circle they are located in a desert with red hot sand,in which flakes of fire drift down slowly and never stop.Located here are the Blasphemers.The fire falling from the sky keeps the sand burning hot so the souls burn from both above and below.

Punishment: Blasphemers-must lie prone on a bank of sand

Sinners Here-Capaneus

Sodomy

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Sodomy

Located here are the people who in life were violent against nature.

Punishment:They must walk forever under the rain of fire.

Sinners Here:Brunetto Latini

Usurers

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Usurers

Located here are the people who were violent against art.Here Geryon takes them to the eight circle.

Punishment:must sit underneath the rain of fire with purses around their necks with whatever they wanted the most.

Fraud

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Panders/Seducers

Here there is a circle with a wall running along the outside with a great circular pit at the center. It has ten evenly spaced ridges running between the wall and pit.These ridges form pouches.First pouch is Panders/seducers

Punishment:Souls are having to running constantly from one side of the pouch to the other as demons with whips scourge them and make them run back and forth between ridges.

Sinners here:Jason,

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Flatterers

In this pouch there is a ditch full of human excrement.All that is heard here is cries and the horrible smell of the excrement.

Punishment: sinners are plunged into the ditch full of human excrement.

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Simoniacs

Located in this pouch are those who when living bought or sold ecclesiastical pardons or offices.

Punishment:They are stuck headfirst into pits with only their feet showing, with flames burning their feet.

Sinners Here:Pope Nicholas III

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Astrologers, Diviners, and Magicians

In this pouch sinners look as if they are in a procession but their heads are pointing backwards.These people in life had wanted to know the future but now suffering not seeing it.

Punishment:the souls necks have been twisted so that when they cry their tears fall onto their butts.

Sinners here:Astrologers, Diviners, and Magicians

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Barterers

Located here is a dark pit filled with some type of boiling tar into which the souls are thrown into by the demons.

Punishment:have to be in boiling tar and if they come up for breath the Malabranche thrust them back underneath.

Sinners Here- Navarrese,

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Hypocrites

Located here are the Hypocrites who have to walk in a circle clothed in clothes lined with lead.

Punishment:walk in a circle with clothes lined with lead making it heavy.

Sinners Here:Caiphus

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Thieves/fraudulent counselors

Here naked sinners are being cased by masses of serpents.And some are merging with the snakes.Others are being bitten,and some are just in flames burning.

Punishment:to be chased by serpents.And have cooled snakes binding their hands and legs.When bitten by a serpent the sinners bursts int flames.(some of them are fully just in flames)

Sinners Here:Vanni Fucci,Ulysses and Diomedes,Guido da Montefeltro

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Scandal/Schism

Here are just lines of souls with great wounds.These are the Scandal/schism.In life they committed sins of division and so now they will be split apart.

Punishment: a devil stands at one point of the circle with a sword splitting open every sinner that walks by.

Sinners Here:Mohammed,Bertran de Born

Falsifers

Divided into four zones.In the first zone there are souls huddled in heaps and sprawled out on the ground.

Punishments:1st Zone(metals)-They have scabs covering from head to toe and they scratch at them.2nd Zone (Falsifiers of Others’ Persons)Tear at each other with their teeth 3rd Zone- Falsifiers of Coins-some are racked with thirst 4th Zone- Falsifiers of Words-

Sinners Here: Griffolino of Arezzo,Capocchio,Myrrha,Master Adam,Wife of Potiphar,Sinon

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Treachery

Here is a frozen lake in the ice the souls stand frozen up to their heads.. 2nd ring is where those who betrayed heir homeland or party are located. 3rd ring-those who betrayed their guests 4th ring-sinners are covered all in ice(these people have committed sins against heir benefactors

Punishment:1st ring-(Caina)Frozen into the ice Antenora(2nd Ring)-One sinner is gnawing on anothers head 3rd Ring- Ptolomea-those here lie on their backs in the frozen lake with just their faces poking out of the ice. 4th ring(Judecca)-sinners are completely covered in ice(Satan is chewing on Brutus and Cassius and Judas Iscariot)

Sinners Here: Bocca deli Abati,Count Ugolino,Archbishop Ruggieri, Fra Alberigo and Branca d’Oria. Myrrha, Brutus and Cassius and Judas Iscariot