Dante's Inferno Characters

Dante's Inferno key characters:

  • In Dante's Inferno, Dante is the central character who embarks on a spiritual quest after erring in life. Dante is also the writer of Inferno.

  • Virgil is an ancient Roman poet who guides Dante through the circles of Hell.

  • Beatrice asks Virgil to find Dante and guide him on his way.

  • Lucifer is the prince of Hell who takes the form of a giant with three faces.

List of Characters

Note: The Canto in which the characters first appear is listed after their names.

Dante (Canto I)—The writer, narrator, main character, and traveler in The Inferno.

Virgil (Canto I)—Ancient Roman poet who appears to Dante and becomes his guide.

Aeneas (Canto II)—A character from Virgil’s Aeneid; “author of young Silvius’ birth.”

Alessio Interminei (Canto XVIII)—A White Guelph; a flatterer with “slick” manners.

Alexandro degli Alberto (Canto XXXII)—One of two shades in Region i, Circle IX; one of the brothers who slew one another in a fight over family land.

Antaeus (Canto XXXI)—One of the giants visible from the waist up above the rim of the well; he is invincible on earth but not in the air or sky; carries Virgil and Dante to the pit bottom.

Aretine (Canto XXIX)—Griffolino d’Arezza; a physicist; took money for promising miracles; burned at stake for falsifying.

Barrators (Canto XXI)—Sinners who made money in public office.

Beatrice (Canto II)—Woman who begs Virgil to rescue Dante (Heavenly Wisdom).

Bertrand de Born (Canto XXVIII)—Headless shade who helped increase feud between Henry II of England and his young son Prince Henry.

Blasphemers (Canto XIV)—Includes Capaneus, one of seven kings in siege of Thebes.

Bocca degli Abati (Canto XXXII)—Ghibelline; fought on the Guelph side in the Battle of Montaperti; cut off the hand of the man who carried the standard.

Brutus (Canto XXXIV)—Opposed to the Divine and secular world; a resident of Dis.

Buoso da Duera (Canto XXV)—Commander of the Ghibellines; sold passage to the opposing French army and was, therefore, a traitor to his country.

Cacus (Canto XXV)—Dragon with spread wings and breath of fire.

Caiaphas (Canto XXIII)—High priest; condemned Christ; crucified in Hell by triple stake.

Camicion de’ Pazzi (Canto XXXII)—Introduced shades to Dante in Region i, Circle IX; quick to identify other wrong-doers; less-likely to identify own wrongs; murdered Ubertino, his own kinsman.

Capocchio (Canto XXIX)—Student with Dante; an alchemist who called self an “ape of nature” because of his power to mimic or to produce a draught.

Carlino dei Pazzi (Canto XXXII)—Bribed by Blacks to surrender the castle he was holding for the Whites; later sold castle to Whites again.

Cassius (Canto XXXIV)—Defeated by Anthony and took his own life; a resident of Dis.

Catalano and Loderingo (Canto XXIII)—Two hooded friars from Bologna.

Cavalcante dei Cavalcanti (Canto X)—A shade who was once of the Guelph party.

Centaurs (Canto XII)—Creatures with the heads of men and the bodies of horses.

Cerberus (Canto VI)—The three-headed dog of Hell; watches over the Third Circle.

Charon (Canto III)––The white-haired boat keeper who takes travelers across the Acheron River.

Chiron (Canto XII)—Chief centaur.

Ciacco (Canto VI)—Gluttonous male inhabitant of Florence; nickname means “pig.”

Curio (Canto XXVIII)—Brought about civil strife; tongue removed for punishment.

Deianira (Canto XII)—Wife of Hercules; dipped his shirt in blood of Nessus.

Demons (Canto...

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