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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
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Bolgia 7 -- Thieves
Circle 8 Bolgia 7
Hold on to your purses ladies, there is a thief on the loose!
The poets come upon a great pit of reptiles that curl themselves around the sinners like
coils of rope
. These reptiles bind the hands behind their back and knot themselves in the loins. Other
reptiles fly through the air
and pierce the jugular of the sinners and they
burst into flames
and turn to ashes. From these
the sinners painfully reform themselves. They meet VANNI who gets angry and
God. Massive serpants
and drag him off. Following the chaos CACUS ,
fire breathing dragon
. They also find the FIVE NOBLE
who are constantly moving in and out of each others bodies.
Symbolism 101 -
~thievery is reptilian in its secrecy - so the thieves are
~their hands are the agent of their crimes - so their hands are bound forever
by making their substance disappear - so they are painfully destoryed and
over and over again
~Five Nobel Thieves = in life they took objects from others and made it into their own belongings - so in hell their very own bodies are constantly being taken from them and they are left to steal back their human form - waver constantly between man and reptile and none of them know what to call their own
son of Fuccio de Lazzeri (nobleman of Pistoia).In 1293 he stole the tresure of San Jacopo in the Duomo of San Zeno. He was never convicted but his two accomplices were.
- Son of Vulcan. They lived in a cave at the foot of
where he raided Hercules of his cattle.
clubbed him to death and condemned him to the lower pit of hell because of his greater sins.
Five Noble Theives of Florence
- Agnello Brunelleschi, Buoso degli Abati, Puccio Sciancato, Cianfa dei Donati, Francesca dei Cavalcanti.
None were important
as an individual only as a whole.
Little is known about them
besides the fact that they were theives.
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