Dante’s Inferno, Canto 3 — CHARON THE FERRYMAN

Charon Small

Engraver: Gustave Doré


Charon, ferryman,

Doesn’t want to take Dante

Across the river


NOTE: This is one place where Dante needs Virgil as a guide. Charon has had trouble with living souls before; for example, Hercules came and stole the three-headed guard-dog Cerberus. Virgil tells Charon that omnipotent power has sent Dante to the Inferno and therefore Charon MUST ferry him across the river.



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