Dante’s INFERNO, Canto 29: COUNTERFEITERS

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COUNTERFEITERS

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adulterate gold

make it seem more than it is

suffer from dropsy

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NOTE: The counterfeiters mixed base metal with gold and then cast gold coins that appeared to be more valuable than they really were; in other words, they made gold appear to be bigger than it really was. In the Inferno, the counterfeiters suffer from dropsy, which makes their body swell up and be bigger than it should be.

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https://davidbruceblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/dantes-inferno-canto-29-retelling-the-falsifiers-alchemists/

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