Dante's Inferno Canto 16 Summary and Analysis

Dante Alighieri

Canto 16 Summary and Analysis

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Three Florentines: Ask Dante about Florence; now in Hell

Summary
Near the waterfall Dante encounters three Florentines; they recognize Dante’s dress as being Florentine. The three men were once nobles and one introduces them: Guido Guerra, Tegghiaio Aldobrandi, and Jacopo Rusticucci. Jacopo inquires of Florence; he explains that the shades have had concerns since Guillim Borsier’ told them many tales. After Dante tells them of self-made men and excesses in Florence, they ask that he tell the living of them. As suddenly as they had come, the three run away.

The two travelers find that they are very close to...

(The entire section is 489 words.)