Dante’s Inferno, Canto 12: Half-animal, Half-human Guards


Engraver: Auguste Doré


Sin is bestial

When it comes to violence

Red in tooth and claw


NOTE: Circle 7 punishes the violent, and that kind of sin is bestial in nature. We think of humans as being better than animals, but humans at their worst are animals. The guardians of Circle 7 are half-animal, half-human: the half-bull, half-human Minotaur and the half-horse, half-human Centaurs.






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