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In his poem the Inferno Dante mentions many well know people Dante mentions such people as Pope Anastasius Alexander the great Cleopatra and many others The poem is about Dante who has died and upon reaching the afterlife he was stopped short of heaven by three beasts When Dante flees the beasts Virgil appears Virgil states that he is there to take Dante to heaven but it will be a long trip through hell Virgil tells Dante that the only way to heaven is to follow him Dante follows and the majority of the poem is a very descriptive narrative of what Dante sees and encountersThroughout his journey Dante sees and encounters people he had known or read about in life These are all people who had sinned in life and now in death are punished eternally Dantes version of hell is that people will have their sin turned against them In many instances Dante points out what the sin of the person was and describes in detail how they are being punished in hell In Canto III The Vestibule of Hell Dante talks about the Opportunists Souls who in life never took a side but instead were on the side where they themselves would gain the most Among these souls was Pope Celestine V In life Celestine allowed the church to become corrupted because he feared for his own safety The pope who watched out for himself doesnt have a place in hell He is neither in hell nor out of it as in life he was neither for good nor evil The poem talks about a lot of people and what their place in hell is and why they are in hell By doing this Dante has almost written a history book He mentions many of the great leaders empire builders and church patrons For example in Canto XIX he mentions Pope Nicholas III Dante and Virgil are crossing over the third bolgia
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