Gates of Hell

The monumental sculpture by Auguste Rodin.

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here” — Final line of the inscription on The Gates of Hell

The Gates of Hell are the physical link between the mortal realm (the world of the Living) and Hell itself. This was the second level of the game where Dante met Virgil for the first time and used an Asterian Beast to open the gates into Limbo. Here, he also met the minor demons and tormented shades.


  • The full inscription on the Gate of Hell goes as follows:

    "Per me si va ne la città dolente,

    Per me si va ne l'etterno dolore,

    Per me si va tra perduta gente.

    Giustizia mosse il mio alto fattore:

    fecemi la divina potestate,

    la somma sapienza e 'l primo amore.

    Dinanzi a mi non fuor cose create

    se non etterne, e io etterno duro.

    Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate."


    "Through me is the way to the city of woe,

    Through me is the way to eternal pain,

    Through me is the way to a lost people.

    Justice moved my great Creator

    Divine Power made me,

    the Supreme Wisdom and the Primal Love.

    Before me, nothing else was created

    nothing, but the eternal and I last eternally.

    Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

  • The depiction of the Gates of Hell in both the video game and the Animated Epic are based on Auguste Rodin's sculpture.
  • Interestingly enough, Charon recites some of the words inscribed on the Gate from the original epic.