For no reason other than….

… I felt like it….

The Barque of Dante (Dante and Virgil in the Underworld) - Eugene Delacroix

The Barque of Dante – Eugene Delacroix

Here, Dante and Virgil are crossing the River Styx, the ‘slimy pool’, on their way to the city of Dis, Lord of the Underworld. Here, in the Sixth to Ninth circles of Hell, are punished those whose sins were deliberate acts of malice, rather than weakness: “Of every malice (malizia) gaining the hatred of Heaven, injustice is the goal; and every such goal injures someone either with force or fraud.”

In these circles are: heretics, murderers, suicides, blasphemers, usurpers, sodomites, panderers, seducers, flatterers, simoniacs, sorcerers, barrators [corruptors who buy or sell offices of public position], hypocrites, thieves, false counsellors, schismatics, falsifiers and traitors.

Well, that’s food for thought, if nothing else….

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