Special Sub-Topic: Hell's Fury
|Circle One: Limbo - What is it that these virtuous pagans are lacking?|
Hope. In this circle, their only pain is that they have no hope for progression. Residents of this circle include Homer, Virgil himself, Horace, Ovid and Lucan.
|Circle Two: The Carnal - How is it that the carnal are punished for their sins?|
swept away in a great whirlwind. Among the carnal are Semiramis, Dido, Cleopatra, Helen, Achilles, Paris and Tristan, as well as Paolo and Francesca.
|Circle Three: The Gluttons - What is the name of the three-headed dog that stands guard over the swollen, icy forms of the gluttons?|
Cerberus. The gluttons are forced to lie, swollen & obscene, in a place resembling a gigantic garbage dump filled with a vile slush made up of stinking snow and freezing rain.
|Circle Four: The Hoarders and the Wasters - These two groups, clashing weights together and then pushing them back just to repeat the process, are being punished for their lack of what?|
moderation in regulating their expenses. Dante notes that the souls of these sinners have been so dimmed by their fruitless rage that there was no hope of recognizing any among them.
|Circle Five: The Wrathful and the Sullen - Beneath which river are the sullen buried eternally for never allowing the sweet light of the sun into their lives?|
Styx. Dante continues to describe the punishment of the sullen by describing that they, while beneath the stinking waters of the Styx, gargled the words of an endless chant in a grotesque parody of singing a hymn.
|Circle Six: The Heretics - What is the punishment of those who denied immortality through violence towards God?|
an eternal, fiery grave. The sixth circle is the first circle within the walls of Dis, or the capital of Hell.
|Circle Seven: (Round One) The Violent Against Neighbors - What is their eternal punishment?|
immersion in boiling blood. Because they shed the blood of their fellow men on earth, they are forced to wallow in it for eternity.
|Circle Seven: (Round Two) The Violent Against Themselves - These souls, being denied human figure, are transformed into what?|
trees. These souls are collectively referred to as the Wood of the Suicides. They are only allowed to speak when they have been torn or destroyed physically in some way.
|Circle Seven: (Round Three) The Violent Against God, Nature and Art - Which of these groups are forced to run around in endless circles together under the fiery rain?|
sodomites. The sodomites, or those violent against nature, were forced to run around in endless circles. Any stopping and they would be forced to lie for a hundred years forbidden to brush off the burning rain.
|Circle Eight: (Bolgia One) The Panderers and Seducers - The horned demons who drive these sinners in an endless fast walk are symbolic of what?|
the sinners' own vicious natures. Dante notes seeing Venedico Caccianemico and Jason here.
|Circle Eight: (Bolgia Two) The Flatterers - What is the punishment afforded to these sinners?|
immersion in excrement. I don't think anyone needs an explanation as to why this punishment fits this crime...
|Circle Eight: (Bolgia Three) The Simoniacs - These sinners are turned upside-down inside tubelike holes for what sin?|
selling of ecclesiastic favors and offices. The holes are symbolic of baptismal fonts. Since they made a mockery of a holy office, they in turn are mocked by being turned upside-down in a baptismal font.
|Circle Eight: (Bolgia Four) The Fortune Tellers and Diviners - What punishment do these sinners suffer?|
walking around eternally with their heads turned around backwards. These sinners walk around eternally with their heads turned around backwards for attempting the forbidden art of seeing into the future. Therefore, they aren't even allowed to see just ahead of them as they walk.
|Circle Eight: (Bolgia Five) The Grafters - What is the name of the leader of the demons who force these sinners to remain immersed in a pit of boiling tar?|
Malacoda. The grafters are not allowed to rise above the surface of the tar for fear of being ripped apart by large hooks fashioned by the demons who are to keep watch over them.
|Circle Eight: (Bolgia Six) The Hypocrites - What is the punishment that these sinners must suffer?|
made to wear great leaden robes. Because they put on a great face for those around them while involved in secret works while they were living, they are now cursed by wearing great robes made of lead for eternity.
|Circle Eight: (Bolgia Seven) The Thieves - These sinners are sentenced to remain in a pit for eternity and are bound by what?|
snakes. Snakes coil around their hands, binding them behind their backs. Other reptiles dart around, striking at the sinners in order to steal their human form temporarily until they themselves are struck.
|Circle Eight: (Bolgia Eight) The Evil Counselors - What was the punishment afforded to these sinners?|
hidden in flames. Because they stole from God in life and worked in hidden ways, they are also hidden in great flames for all of eternity.
|Circle Eight: (Bolgia Nine) The Sowers of Discord - These sinners are hacked at by a demon with a mighty sword as their punishment for sowing discord in three different areas. Which area is NOT one of them?|
sowing economic discord. Dante lists having seen sowers of religious, political and familial discord, but never mentions economic discord.
|Circle Eight: (Bolgia Ten) The Falsifiers - These sinners are punished by afflictions of darkness, stench, thirst, disease and filth. Which of the following was NOT one of the groups Dante finds in this circle?|
religious falsifiers. Dante also mentions evil impersonators, but never religious falsifiers.
|Circle Nine: Compound Fraud - These sinners are punished for being treacherous to their families, countries, guests and masters. For this, they all suffer varying degrees of which punishment?|
buried in a lake of ice. They are buried in a lake of ice with varying allowance of how much of their bodies are above the ice. When they reach the center of the lake, they find Satan. He has three faces and is found chewing on the hideous forms of Judas Iscariot, Brutus and Cassius for their hideous crimes.
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