Circle 8 Bolgia 7

Thieves -

Hold on to your purses ladies, there is a thief on the loose!
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 ashes the sinners painfully reform themselves. They meet VANNI who gets angry and bashes God. Massive serpants swarm him and drag him off. Following the chaos CACUS , fire breathing dragon. They also find the FIVE NOBLE THEIVES OF FLORENCEwho are constantly moving in and out of each others bodies.

Symbolism 101 -

~thievery is reptilian in its secrecy - so the thieves are punished by reptiles
~their hands are the agent of their crimes - so their hands are bound forever
~thieves destroy people by making their substance disappear - so they are painfully destoryed and reformed 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


Vanni Fucci - Illegitimate 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.
Cacus - Son of Vulcan. They lived in a cave at the foot of Mt. Arentine where he raided Hercules of his cattle. Hercules 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.