|Creatures|| Arch Demon|
The Wood of Suicides
The Burning Sands
|Host||Pietro Della Vigna|
- "The first ring is wholly for the violent. Because violence can be done to three persons, in three rounds it is divided: violence unto one's neighbor, unto one's self, and unto God." -Virgil
Violence was the seventh Circle of Hell.
This circle, which is reserved for those who are violent in life, was separated into 3 parts: Violence against others, Violence against self and Violence against God. Those who acted with violence against others are boiled in the river of blood (The Phlegethon). Those who committed suicide or violence against themselves are placed as part of the Wood of the Suicides condemned to writhe in eternal pain as gnarled trees. Dante Alighieri and Virgil found Bella Abati in the Wood of the Suicide. Finally, those who showed violence against God are placed in the harsh region of the Abominable Sands.
Like other previous Circles, Dante had to break the Chain of Judecca to fight his way through, but since the Chain was out of reach, he had to use the Minotaur's statue axe to cut it. Deep in the Burning Sands on Geryon's Back, Dante Alighieri encountered his former best friend and brother of Beatrice, Francesco whose death during the Crusades was caused by Dante's doing. Now, a horribly disfigured version of his former self, Francesco desired revenge against Dante for leading him astray.
Areas in the CircleEdit
- The Phlegethon: "The river of blood. Cruel kings, despots, despoilers and all of those who did violence unto others, boiled within it's banks."
- The Wood of Suicides: "The gnarled forest where trees are born from hopeless suicides, rooted and writhing in eternal pain."
- The Burning Sands: "The Abominable Sands are the cursed home for those who committed violence against the deity."
- In "Inferno", Dante walks around the burning Phlegethon with the centaur Nessus. Arrows are fired by the centaurs (led by Chiron and Pholus) at the tortured shades if they try to escape. Alexander the Great is immersed up to his eyebrows in the Phlegethon. Dionysius I of Syracuse, Azzolino da Romano, Guy de Montfort, Obizzo d'Este, Rinier da Corneto, and Rinier Pazzo are also seen in the Phlegethon as well as references to Attila the Hun.
- The Suicide Woods are also the torture area of the profiligates, who destroyed their lives by destroying the means to sustain their lives (eg. money and food). The suicides are transformed into gnarled thorny bushes and trees, which are fed on by the Harpies. Dante hears the tale of Pietro Della Vigna, who committed suicide after falling out of favor with Emperor Frederick II (his presence here, rather than in the ninth circle, possibly indicate that Dante believes that the accusations made against him were false). Also here are Lano da Siena and Jacopo da Sant' Andrea.
- In "Inferno", The Burning Sands is where blasphemers (who were violent against God directly), sodomites and usurers (who were violent in different ways to nature, God's children) are punished. Dante sees the classical warrior Capaneus, there for blasphemy against Zeus, was struck down with a thunderbolt during the "Siege of Thebes." Dante finds his mentor Brunetto Latini here. Other people that Dante see here are Florentines Catello di Rosso Gianfigliazzi, Ciappo Ubriachi, and Giovanni di Buiamonte, and the Paduans Reginaldo degli Scrovegni and Vitaliano di Iacopo Vitaliani.
- Even though Harpies appear in the poem in the Suicide Woods feeding off the thorny bushes and trees that were made from the suicidal, they do not appear in the game.
- Violence is unrelated to Divine Love or a corrupted virtuous desire, hence it is placed lower in Hell by Dante. However, violence can be said to be a natural consequence of the Deadly Sins (upon which Circles 2 through 5 are based).
- Violence in its own right is wasteful to Life itself; it is more serious than the other previous sins due to the sinners' assumption of being able to take any life, an ability which is considered under God's jurisdiction alone. As such, the Violent are committing a form of hubris against God, and is placed among the lowest circles (Fraud, Treachery), which share in this form of power-assumption.
|Nine Circles of Hell|
|Limbo · Lust · Gluttony · Greed · Anger · Heresy · Violence · Fraud · Treachery|