The chasm of the Hypocrites is mainly filled with those who sinned against religion, the cloaks of the Hypocrites, are actually are instruments of torture. “Hypocrites – they wear gorgeous cloaks lined with lead; pretty outside, awful inside; heavy cloaks force them to behave sedately, although seething within; cloak true character in false appearance.” ― […]

Dante and Virgil enter a burning desert in Canto 14, confronted with souls laying flat, some crouching and some writhing, their punishment is to have fire rain down on them for all eternity. Some lay upon the ground, flat on their backs; (Milburn) some huddled in a crouch, and there they sat; (Fifield) and others […]

The Raft of Medusa by Théodore Géricault (1818) Public Domain The travellers pass “the boundary that divides / the second from the third ring”  [Inf. 14.4-5] and see before them a witness to “the horrible art of justice”: a dread work that justice had devised [Inf. 14.6]. The third ring of the seventh circle is devoted to […]