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The Divine Comedy

By: Sandro Botticelli“MIDWAY upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.”

Dante Alighieri. The Divine Comedy – Inferno. Canto I

The Divine Comedy, written by Dante Alighieri in the 1300s, is a masterpiece. If you like classical books such as Hamlet or Iliad, you should read it. It’s divided into three books: Inferno (hell), Purgatorio (purgatory) and Paradiso (paradise). Each book talks about the journey of Dante along the pathways of the worlds beyond us. When he arrives in Hell, Dante says he finds himself in a forest dark, which means he doesn’t know how he got there, but he finds a guide called Virgil, who guides him through his “travel”.

According to Dante, the hell is divided into 7 layers, each one is the most appropriate for each Deadly Sin. Before getting in, there’s a gate with the following scriptures:

“Through me the way is to the city dolent;
Through me the way is to eternal dole;
Through me the way among the people lost.
All hope abandon, ye who enter in!”

Dante Alighieri. The Divine Comedy – Inferno. Canto III

After passing by it, there’s a man riding a boat through a river that leads to the first layer of the hell, there he stops and the demons are responsible to take everyone to the appropriate place (everything is told by Dante). From this part, Dante starts describing every single corner of the hell, therefore you should certainly read it and discover more about the devil’s part of the universe. Not only about it, but also about the Purgatory and the Paradise, which are also very interesting parts of this masterpiece.

It’s a page-turner.

– Mateus Rodrigues


About Mateus Rodrigues de Morais

A college student pursuing a degree on Computer Engineering and an avid developer. Currently working on some IoT projects with .NET and Microsoft Azure, but certainly open to discover new ways and platforms. I also enjoy listening and making music, as well as, of course, writing.


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