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Classics Summarized: Dante's Inferno
The 9 Circles of Hell in Images: Dante's "The Divine Comedy"
It is followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso. In the poem, Hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth; it is the "realm The poet finds himself lost in a dark wood selva oscura  , astray from the "straight way" diritta via ,  also translatable as "right way" of salvation. He sets out to climb directly up a small mountain, but his way is blocked by three beasts he cannot evade: a lonza  usually rendered as " leopard " or " leopon " ,  a leone  lion , and a lupa  she-wolf. The three beasts, taken from the Jeremiah , are thought to symbolize the three kinds of sin that bring the unrepentant soul into one of the three major divisions of Hell.
A spiritual journey through the world beyond the grave, a hell, a purgatory, and a paradise is considered a masterwork of world literature. Throughout the journey, Dante meets many historical figures from myths, the classical age, early Christianity and biblical history, Europe of the medieval period: Homer, Socrates, Aristotle, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Alexander the Great, Judas Iscariot, Solomon and many others. Dante elaborates this idea and describes the underworld, with graphical vividness, deciding all the details of his architectonic. In the beginning, Dante's hero meets the poet Vergil, and their path takes them through a colossal funnel of inferno with nine circles, or stages. Then they cross through the center of Earth and, after overcoming the seven terraces of Purgatory, finally reach the gates of Paradiso.
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This article was written by Matt Staggs and originally appeared on Unbound Worlds. Divine Comedy author Dante Alighieri died on this day in First Circle: Limbo The first circle is home to the unbaptized and virtuous pagans. Hippocrates and Aristotle will be your neighbors, so any attempt at small talk will probably turn into Big Talk in a hurry. Second Circle: Lust The wind-buffeted second circle of Hell is the final destination of the lustful and adulterous basically anyone controlled by their hormones.