Dante’s Inferno, Canto 19: SIMONISTS’ PUNISHMENT


Engraver: Gustave Doré




Stuck in holes in ground

Like fall of Simon Magus

Flames dance on their feet


NOTE: Simony got its name from Simon Magus, aka Simon the Magician. He attempted to buy spiritual gifts that are not sale. In the Apocrypha, he flies in the air but Saint Peter prays and he falls to ground. The Simonists are punished as if they had fallen to earth from the sky. The flames dancing on their feet form a parody of the Pentecost.




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