Who Are The Souls Tortured In This Canto

Who are the souls tortured in Dante's "Inferno"?

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The Divine Comedy was written by Italian writer Dante Alighieri in 1320. It is divided into three parts, which are entitled Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Inferno is the depiction of hell. Purgatorio is the depiction of what Catholics believe is a state of "limbo," meaning the soul is not in heaven or hell. Paradiso, or paradise,  is the depiction of heaven. 

There are different levels of torture in the inferno, depending on the sins committed. In "limbo," people are not fit to enter heaven, but they aren't tortured either. They live in perpetual sorrow. Among those in living in this level are philosophers, authors, and children who have not been baptized. Notable people in this level are Caesar, Homer, Virgil, Socrates, and Aristotle.

Level two is where the lustful are tormented. Souls are tormented by winds of desire. Among those in this level are Cleopatra and Helen of Troy. 

Gluttons are tortured in the third level. They live in mud amid the eternal rain. They are tormented by Cerberus...

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