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INFERNO

Midway through life, Dante finds himself in a dark forest.

CANTO 1 : Midway through life, Dante finds himself in a dark forest.

Inferno Canto 01
Arriving to talk to the noble pagan poets in Limbo.

CANTO 4: Arriving to talk to the noble pagan poets in Limbo.

Inferno Canto 04
Rolling of boulders by the hoarders and spendthrifts.

CANTO 7: Rolling of boulders by the hoarders and spendthrifts.

Inferno Canto 07
Heretics and sceptics burning in tombs.

CANTO 10: Heretics and sceptics burning in tombs.

Inferno Canto 10
The committers of suicide turning into trees and being tortured.

CANTO 13: The committers of suicide turning into trees and being tortured.

Dante exchanges news of Florence with his compatriots.

CANTO 16: Dante exchanges news of Florence with his compatriots.

Dishonest clergy are buried with their feet on fire.

CANTO 19: Dishonest clergy are buried with their feet on fire.

Ciampolo being tormented while talking to Dante.

CANTO 22: Ciampolo being tormented while talking to Dante.

Cacus, the centaur, attacks a blasphemous sinner.

CANTO 25: Cacus, the centaur, attacks a blasphemous sinner.

The punishment of heretics.

CANTO 28: The punishment of heretics.

The giant Antaeus brings the pair into Hell.

CANTO 31: The giant Antaeus brings the pair into Hell.

The poets leave Hell by climbing Lucifer's body.

CANTO 34: The poets leave Hell by climbing Lucifer's body.

Dante meets Virgil who is sent by Beatrice.

CANTO 2: Dante meets Virgil who is sent by Beatrice.

Inferno Canto 02
Francesca and Paolo and the punishment of the lustful.

CANTO 5: Francesca and Paolo and the punishment of the lustful.

Inferno Canto 05
Crossing of the river Styx.

CANTO 8: Crossing of the river Styx.

Inferno Canto 08
Meeting Charon, the ferryman to the underworld.

CANTO 3: Meeting Charon, the ferryman to the underworld.

Inferno Canto 03
Calming of the watchdog Cerberus, surounded by the gluttonous.

CANTO 6: Calming of the watchdog Cerberus, surrounded by the gluttonous.

Inferno Canto 06
Angel unlocking the door to the city of Dis.

CANTO 9: Angel unlocking the door to the city of Dis.

Inferno Canto 09
Getting accustomed to the stench as the poets descend deeper into Hell.

CANTO 11: Getting accustomed to the stench as the poets descend deeper into Hell.

Inferno Canto 11
The statue in Crete with the tears that create all the rivers.

CANTO 14: The statue in Crete with the tears that create all the rivers.

Centaurs punishing violent sinners.

CANTO 12: Centaurs punishing violent sinners.

Inferno Canto 12
The punishment of the sodomites in burning sands.

CANTO 15: The punishment of the sodomites in burning sands.

Geryon, the symbol of Fraud, takes Dante and Virgil lower into Hell.

CANTO 17: Geryon, the symbol of Fraud, takes Dante and Virgil lower into Hell.

Flatterers and seducers are stuck in tar.

CANTO 18: Flatterers and seducers are stuck in tar.

Sorcerers and soothsayers walk with their heads on backwards.

CANTO 20: Sorcerers and soothsayers walk with their heads on backwards.

Dante and Virgil escorted by devils.

CANTO 21: Dante and Virgil escorted by devils.

Hypocrites walking slowly with their clothes lined with lead.

CANTO 23: Hypocrites walking slowly with their clothes lined with lead.

Thieves continually merge with reptiles and then disintegrate.

CANTO 24: Thieves continually merge with reptiles and then disintegrate.

Ulysses in the form of a flame explains how he died.

CANTO 26: Ulysses in the form of a flame explains how he died.

A black demon takes a soul away from St. Francis.

CANTO 27: A black demon takes a soul away from St. Francis.

The falsifiers scratch off their scabs.

CANTO 29: The falsifiers scratch off their scabs.

Virgil becomes angry with Dante who listens to the vulgar gossip.

CANTO 30: Virgil becomes angry with Dante who listens to the vulgar gossip.

The traitors frozen in ice.

CANTO 32: The traitors frozen in ice.

A devil controlling Branca d'Oria's body in the world.

CANTO 33: A devil controlling Branca d'Oria's body in the world.

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Dr. Sebastian Mahfood

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, is a retired Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, CT. He first studied the Divine Comedy under Dr. Simone Turbeville in the spring of 1991 at the University of Texas in Arlington and began teaching it as literature half a decade later at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth. It wasn’t until he began studying philosophy and theology at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, CT, however, that he began to see within the Comedy the care Dante took in a very Marian framework to map himself onto the works of Aristotle and St. Thomas among the other philosophers and poets he meets in Limbo and the theologians and Church doctors he meets in Paradise. Dr. Mahfood was prepared by Dante, who was himself a Lay Franciscan, to become a lay member of the Dominican order, which considers study to be an act of prayer. 

 

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