Arts and Humanities


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"Vexilla regis produent inferni; the banners of the king go forth, the king of Hell" (Vergani 74). In a place called Dis, the demon Satan resides. He has three hideous heads and spends his time crying from six eyes, while the tears mingle with the blood of three tortured sinners. These sinners, Brutus, Cassius, and Judas Iscariot, are ground to bits by Lucifer's gnashing teeth, while Judas alone receives the benefit of also having his back stripped of its skin as retribution for him being the greatest sinner to be found in all of Hell. This illustration is presented in a graphic and figurative manner, thus making it a prime example of the type of allusion that Dante Alighieri uses throughout the Inferno the first section of his literary classic, The Divine Comedy.

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