Inferno Canto IV (the first Circle: Limbo) Dante wakes up to find himself at the edge of a great dark valley, in which he cannot see anything. (Yes, they crossed the Acheron while Dante was unconscious.).
The poets enter the first circle of Hell — Limbo — the place where virtuous pagans reside. Virgil explains that these shades (souls) are only here because they were born without the benefit of Christianity, either due to being born before Christ, or because the soul was an unbaptized child.
First Circle (Limbo) The Harrowing of Hell, in a 14th-century illuminated manuscript, the Petites Heures de Jean de Berry. Canto IV Dante wakes up to find that he has crossed the Acheron, and Virgil leads him to the first circle of the abyss, Limbo, where Virgil himself resides.
First Circle: Limbo () Plot. Showing all 1 items Jump to: Summaries (1) Summaries. Dante and Virgil arrive in Limbo and enter the castle of seven walls. Dante meets Julius Caesar, Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, and others. —Boris.
Limbo. The concept of Limbo--a region on the edge of hell (limbusmeans "hem" or "border") for those who are not saved even though they did not sin--exists in Christian theology by Dante's time, but the poet's version of this region is more generous than most. Dante's Limbo--technically the first circle of hell--includes virtuous non-Christian adults in addition to unbaptized infants.
Aug 10, · In this circle, dwell those considered less sinful, who did not comply with the required rites in the name of God. their main punishment is to live eternally in a desolate gray or colorless forest.