The Inferno of Dante Alighieri

The Inferno of Dante Alighieri

A Rhymed Translation by Seth Zimmerman

Illustrations by Janet Van Fleet

Copyright © 2003 Seth Zimmerman and Janet Van Fleet. All rights reserved.


Cantos: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34



brief canto descriptions

canto summaries

essay on triple-rhyme


the translator

the illustrator

list of illustrations

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I          Dante lost in a dark wood; the leopard, the lion and the she-wolf;

            Virgil offers to guide him.


II        Virgil explains why he's come; Dante takes courage.


III       The Gate of Hell; the vestibule; the indecisive; Charon


IV       Limbo, the first circle; the unbaptized; the poets


V         The second circle; Minos; the carnal sinners; Paolo and Francesca


VI       The third circle; the gluttons; Cerberus; Ciacco


VII      Plutus; the fourth circle; the prodigal and avaricious; Fortune; the fifth circle;

            the wrathful and sullen


VIII    The fifth circle; Phlegyas; the rebellious angels; the city of Dis


IX        The three furies; Medusa; the angel; the sixth circle; the heretics


X          The heretics; Farinata; Cavalcante


XI        The sixth circle; the tomb of the heretical pope, Anastasius; the plan of Hell


XII       The seventh circle; the Minotaur; the violent; the centaurs; Chiron; the tyrants;

             the murderers


XIII      The second round of the seventh circle; the wood of the violent against themselves;

             the harpies; Pier delle Vigne; Lano; Jacome da Sant Andrea; Florence


XIV      The third round of the seventh circle; the burning sand; the violent against

             God, Nature, Art; Capaneus; the Old Man of Crete; the rivers of Hell


XV        The third round of the seventh circle; the sodomites; Brunetto Latini


XVI       The third round of the seventh circle; three Florentines; the cord


XVII     Geryon; the usurers; descent to the eighth circle


XVIII    The eighth circle, Malebolge, first bolgia; the pimps and seducers; Jason;

              the second bolgia; the flatterers; Alessio Interminei; Thaïs


XIX        The eighth circle, third bolgia; the simonists; Nicholas III;

              the poet's invective against simoniacal popes


XX         The eighth circle, fourth bolgia; the diviners; Amphiaraus, Tiresias,

              Manto, Eurypylus


XXI       The eighth circle, fifth bolgia; the grafters; the boiling pitch;

              Malacoda; the escort


XXII      The eighth circle, fifth bolgia; the grafters, Barbariccia,

              the Navarrese, Alichino, Calcabrina


XXIII     The eighth circle, fifth bolgia; slide to the sixth bolgia;

              the hypocrites; the jovial friars; Caiaphas; Virgil's distress


XXIV     The eighth circle, sixth bolgia; climb to the seventh bolgia;

              the thieves; Vanni Fucci; the prediction


XXV       Vanni Fucci's obscene gesture to God; Cacus; the three shades;

              Cianfa and Agnello merging; Buoso; Puccio Sciancato


XXVI      The eighth circle; prophecy against Florence; view of the eighth bolgia;

               the deceivers in flames; Ulysses


XXVII     The eighth circle, eighth bolgia; the fraudulent counselors;

               Guido da Montefeltro


XXVIII    The eighth circle, ninth bolgia; the sowers of scandal and schism;

                Mohammed; Curio; Mosca; Bertran de Born


XXIX        The eighth circle, ninth bolgia; Geri del Bello; the tenth bolgia;

                 the falsfiers; Griffolino; Capocchio


XXX         The eighth circle, tenth bolgia; the falsifiers; Gianni Schicchi;

                Myrrha; Master Adam; Potiphar's wife; Sinon; Virgil's reproof


XXXI        The bank to the ninth circle; the giants Nimrod, Ephialtes,

                Briareus; Antaeus lowers them to the central, frozen pit. 


XXXII      The ninth circle, first ring, Caïna; the traitors to kin in the ice;

                 Camiscion de' Pazzi; the second ring, Antenora; the traitors to homeland or party;                          

                       Bocca; one sinner gnawing another


XXXIII     The ninth circle, second ring; Ugolino's story; the third ring, Ptolomea;

                 Fra Alberigo and Branca d'Oria


XXXIV     The ninth circle, fourth ring, Judecca; Dis or Lucifer; Judas, Brutus,Cassius;

                 the southern hemisphere; the stars


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List of illustrations


Photographs by Terry Allen and Janet Van Fleet


III,82  -  Charon

IV,25  -  Limbo     

V,4  -  Minos

V,73  -   Paolo and Francesca  

VI,13  -  Cerberus

VI,37  -  One of the gluttons

VII,25  -  Plutus, Prodigal and Avaricious

VII,112  -  Wrathful and Sullen

VIII,82  -  Rebellious Angels

X,34  -  Farinata

XII,22  -  Minotaur

XII,73  -  Centaurs, the Violent

XIV,22  -  Violent against God

XV,124  -  Brunetto Latini

XVII,10  -  Geryon

XVIII,34  -  Pimps and Seducers

XVIII,112  -  Flatterers

XIX,43  -  Simonists

XXI,43  -  Grafters

XXIII,61  -  Hypocrites

XXV,49  -  Agnello

XXVI,49  -  Deceivers in flames

XXVIII,121  -  Bertran de Born

XXIX,82  -  Falsifiers

XXX,49  -  Master Adam

XXX,148  -  Circle eight, bolgias 6–10

XXXII,40  -  Traitors

XXXII,124  -  Ugolino and Ruggieri

XXXIV,31  -  Satan

XXXIV,40  -  Satan

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