Skip to main content
Create interactive lessons using any digital content including wikis with our free sister product
. Get it on the
Pages and Files
Bolgia 1 -- Panderers and Seducers
Bolgia 10 -- Falsefiers
Bolgia 2 -- Flatterers
Bolgia 3 -- Simoniacs
Bolgia 4 -- Fortunetellers
Bolgia 5 -- Grafters
Bolgia 6 -- Hypocrites
Bolgia 7 -- Thieves
Bolgia 8 -- Evil Counsellors
Bolgia 9 -- Sowers of Discord
Circle I - Limbo - The Virtuous Pagans
Circle II - The Carnal
Circle III -- The Gluttons
Circle IV -- The Hoarders and Wasters
Circle V -- The Wrathful and the Sullen
Circle VI -- The Heretics
Part 1 -- Caina -- Traitors to Kin
Add "All Pages"
Bolgia 2 -- Flatterers
WELCOME to the EIGHTH CIRCLE of HELL…BOLGIA 2, THE FLATTERERS…
Flatterers by Dore
flattered, flattering, flatters
excessively and often insincerely, especially in order to win favor.
2. To please or gratify the
flatters a man
is that you think him worth flattering"(
George Bernard Shaw
3. To portray favorably, to
becomingly or advantageously.
1. to praise insincerely, esp in order to win favour or reward
to make to
appear more attractive
, etc., than in reality
3. to play upon or gratify the vanity of (a person)
it flatters her to be remembered
[probably from Old French
, fawn upon, of Frankish origin]
and Dante leave the first bolgia and cross into the second pocket of the eighth circle, where a horrific stench fills the air around them. The two witness a heap of human excrement in which many desperate souls are submerging and sinking. From one of these souls, he learns that this pouch contains the Flatterers. In their lives, the flatterers demoralized other people, this time using language. As punishment, they are steeped in human excrement, which represents the words they produced. Alessio Interminei of Lucca and
are seen here. After a few seconds, Virgil says that they have seen enough of this
and they advance toward the third bolgia.
Do not trust a flatterer. This was cleverly depicted in one of
Don't fall for a Flatterer's pick-up lines!
Alluding to many historical and current events of his time, Dante incorporates well known individuals into bolgia one of circle eight. The primary victims of Dante’s Hell are members of the Guelphs in Italy. Being a Ghibellines in opposition to the Guelphs and their political ideas, Dante creates Hell filled with a majority of Guelphs. In continuation with this pattern, Alessio Interminelli is present in the second bolgia. Alessio was a powerful member of the Lucchese family and documented as still alive at the time
was written. He was affiliated politically with the Guelfs and Dante deems him an
. The other flatterer, Thaïs, was a
famous Greek woman
who accompanied Alexander the Great on his campaigns (Remember that the Italians and Greeks did not particularly like each other and that Dante, an Italian, wrote Inferno). She is most famous for instigating the burning of Persepolis. She was the lover of Ptolemy I Soter, one of Alexander's generals, and also may have been Alexander's lover. After Alexander's death Ptolemy married Thaïs, who bore him three children.
An artist's portrayal of the Flatterers
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"