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Why did Dante place certain well-known historical figures in the ninth circle of Hell?

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The ninth circle of Hell is made up of four different areas and its description extends from canto thirty-two to thirty-four. The ninth circle ends in the center of the Earth where Lucifer is stuck into ice. The most famous historical figures of these cantos are Count Ugolino, Judas Iscariot, Brutus and Cassius and they share Lucifer's fate of being stuck into the ice of the river Cocito. The fallen angel Lucifer or Dis (another name for Satan) is the symbol of the sinners imprisoned in this part of Dante's Inferno : just like Lucifer betrayed God, the historical figures that Dante put...

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