Dante's Inferno Canto 19 Summary and Analysis

Dante Alighieri

Canto 19 Summary and Analysis

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Simoniacs: Include Pope Nicholas III; profited from sale of holy items

This canto begins with a reference to Simon Magus and his disciples who have sold the things of God for profit.

Dante describes those in the Third Bowge (Trench) of the Malbowges; he sees holes in the banks and grounds where only the feet of the sinners are showing. The feet of these shades are on fire; their joints quiver with pain. When Dante asks whom he is seeing Virgil asks Dante to follow him and they will go to the lower bank so that Dante can see for himself what is going on in the holes.

Dante addresses one of...

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