Dante’s Inferno, Canto 26: ULYSSES AND DIOMEDES






Two sinners punished

Together in burning flames

Forever angry


NOTE: Ulysses and Diomedes misused their great talents during the Trojan War, and they are punished together in one burning flame. They are forever angry at each other just like Eteocles and Polynices, who were supposed to share being King of Thebes, one brother ruling for a year and then the other brother ruling for a year. Eteocles kept the crown, Polynices raised an army that had seven captains, and Polynices and his army attacked Thebes in a battle that is known as the Seven Against Thebes. Eteocles and Polynices died, they were cremated on the same pier, and the flame top split because they were still angry at each other even in death. Just like the flame tip of Eteocles and Polynices, the flame tip of Ulysses and Diomedes is split.




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