Dante’s Inferno, Canto 14: THE OLD MAN OF CRETE




The Old Man of Crete

Statue with a head of gold

Tears drip from the head


NOTE: The Old Man of Crete is a statue with a head of gold, arms, shoulders, and chest of silver, remaining torso of brass, and legs and one foot of iron. The remaining foot is made of baked clay. The tears that drip from the Old Man’s head make up the streams and rivers and pools of the Inferno.




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