Inferno Canto VI

Inferno canto 6

‘You my townsmen called me Ciacco.
For the pernicious fault of gluttony,
as you can see, I’m prostrate in this rain

vv. 52-54

The Third Circle: the Gluttonous. – Cerberus. – Ciacco. 

Dante awoke to find himself in the smaller third circle, surrounded by new suffering. The circle was filled with cold, heavy, dirty rain and the souls there lay unhappily in the stinking mud. They were also tormented by the three-headed doglike demon Cerberus. Virgil tamed Cerberus by throwing some mud into his mouths, allowing Dante to speak to one soul in particular who sat up out of the filth. The spirit said that he had died after Dante’s birth, but Dante did not recognize him. He then said that he had been a Florentine named Ciacco, and that he had been damned for gluttony, like the other inhabitants of the third circle. Dante was sorry for his plight, and asked about the future of Florence, “that divided city.” He was told that there would be fighting, and “the party of the woods” would chase out the other, but that soon the other would regain power with the help of “one who tacks his sails,” and would hold it for a long time, though injustly. There were two just men in Florence, but no one listened to them. Dante then asked about some particular people who he describes as good: Tegghiaio, Farinata, Arrigo, Mosca, Jacopo Rusticucci. Ciacco replied that they were much deeper in Hell and that he might see them later. Then he “fell as low as his blind companions,” not to arise until Judgement Day. Dante asked Virgil whether their condition would be better or worse after that Day, and Virgil said that being more “perfect,” they would suffer more. Descending downward, they found “Plutus, the great enemy.”

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