Dante’s Inferno, Canto 13: violent profligates




Many profligates

Violently waste their wealth

Then seek a quick death


NOTE: Many wealthy people violently waste their wealth, and then, rather than live in poverty, they seek a quick death. After violently wasting his wealth, Lano of Siena deliberately sought death in a 1287 battle; he could have escaped by retreating, but he stayed to fight so that he would die. Because his wasting of wealth was violent and because his death was a kind of suicide, he is punished among the suicides in Circle 7, which punishes the violent. He keeps his human form, but dogs chase and attack and tear him to pieces.


Copyright by Bruce D. Bruce; All Rights Reserved




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