Canto 14 Questions and Answers
1. Why does Dante gather the leaves from the ground and place them back near the tree?
2. What is the symbolism of the rain of fire?
3. Who is Capaneus?
4. Who is Cato?
5. What is the name of the mountain?
6. What is the man made from?
7. Which river is able to put out the flames on either side?
8. What is one of the greatest marvels that Virgil tells Dante he will see?
9. Where does Rhea reside?
10. How does Virgil feel about the many questions Dante asked?
1. Dante gathers the leaves because he loves Italy.
2. The rain of fire refers to the words which blaspheme and shower down on others.
3. Capaneus is one who participated in the “Seven against Thebes”; when he insulted the gods and said that he was invincible, he was killed by a lightning bolt.
4. Cato’s complete name is Marcus Porcius Cato the Younger; he was a Roman statesman who opposed the war between Caesar and Pompey but finally took sides with Pompey. After one battle he escaped and marched across the desert. Rather than making peace with Caesar, he committed suicide.
5. The name of the mountain is Ida.
6. The man is made of gold, silver, brass, and iron.
7. the Phlegethon is able to put out the fire on either side of the stream.
8. Virgil tells Dante that the brook which is able to put out the fire on either side is an amazing site.
9. Rhea resides in Crete.
10. Virgil is delighted with the questions which Dante asked him.