Inferno Canto XXXI

Inferno 31

Even so, he set us gently on the bottom
that swallows Lucifer with Judas.
Nor in stooping did he linger
but, like a ship’s mast rising, so he rose.

vv. 142-145

The Giants around the Eighth Circle. – Nimrod. – Ephialtes. – Antiens sets the Poets down in the Ninth Circle.

Dante and Virgil continued on towards the ninth circle. Dante was nearly deafened by a gigantic bugle blast, and seemed to see a city surrounded with towers in front of them (because it was quite dark it was hard to see far). Virgil told him that it was not a city: what he thought were towers were really giants, standing in the central pit so that Dante could see them from the waist up. Coming closer, Dante saw that this was true, and he was thankful that Nature made no more giants, and that the only large animals were inoffensive, like elephants and whales. A giant shouted “Raphel mai amecche sabi almi,” but Virgil told him to blow the bugle strapped across his chest instead. He was Nimrod, whose fault it was that different peoples spoke different languages. His own language was unlike any on earth.

Another giant’s arms were tied fast, one behind and one in front, by a massive chain. He was Ephialtes, who had rebelled against Jove. Dante wanted to see Briareus, but instead they spoke to Antaneus, who was not chained. Virgil asked Antaneus to pick him and Dante up and put them down in the ninth circle at the bottom of the pit. In exchange Dante would give him fame by telling about him on earth. Antaneus hastily did so.

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