Dante’s INFERNO, Canto 33: UGOLINO AND RUGGIERI

Inferno_Canto_33_Doré_(dettaglio)

Engraver: Auguste Doré

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UGOLINO AND RUGGIERI

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Sinner eats the head

Of the sinner who starved him

And his family

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NOTE: Ugolino and Ruggieri were political rivals in Pisa. Ugolino was a Guelph, and Ruggieri was a Ghibelline. Ugolino betrayed his city by giving away much city property such as castles to the Guelphs. Ruggieri betrayed an associate by starving to death Ugolino and his children after locking them in a tower. Ugolino is punished in Antenora, while Ruggieri is punished in Tolomea. They are close enough that Ugolino can cannibalize Ruggieri’s head. After Ugolino’s children died, he ate their flesh.

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