Abandon hope all ye who enter here

Dante and Virgil in Hell - Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863)

Dante and Virgil in Hell – Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863)

Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
ché la diritta via era smarrita.

— Dante

Abandon hope all ye who enter here, the words Dante finds engraved above the entrance to Hell.

Dante is lost in a forest:

In the middle of the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.

To his rescue the poet Virgil, who Dante refers to as Master.

Virgil tells him, there is only one way out of the forest, he has to allow himself to be led down into the depths of Hell, through Purgatory, and then out through Heaven.

Will Dante trust him? Dante agrees.

Virgil leads Dante into the Inferno, down through the Levels of Hell, where he meets liars, cheats, deceivers, child abusers, bankers, the clergy, all being tortured in a way that fits the crime.

Inferno, is the first part of The Divine Comedy by Dante, the epic poem written by Dante now exiled from his beloved Florence.

Chilling dramatisation by BBC.

The usual crass stupidity of the BBC, less than than 17 hours left to listen to.

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