“Abandon all hope ye who enter.”
Dante Alighieri was born in Florence, Italy on May 21, 1265 and died in Ravenna, Italy on September 13, 1321. He was a philosopher, poet, and scholar.
- Biography of Dante (article)
- Dante Alighieri- His Life, Exile, and Legacy (video)
- The World of Dante
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The Divine Comedy
This epic poem tells the story of Dante as he travels through hell, purgatory, and paradise. The poem is divided into three parts- Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Inferno shows Dante’s descent into the 9 levels of hell, Purgatorio talks about Dante’s climb up the Mount of Purgatory, and Paradiso is Dante’s final journey through Heaven. High school English classes only study/read Inferno and that is what this page will mainly focus on.
Translation by John Ciardi (Cantos 1-20)
Translation by John Lotherington (all Cantos)
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The Levels of Hell
Each level of Hell is reserved for a certain type of sinner with a specific punishment for that sin. The first level is Limbo followed by Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, then Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and the final level is Treachery.
Prezi- Levels of Hell (Prezi tends not to work in Chrome)
Nine Levels of Hell (video)
Level of Hell Descriptions