Saturday, June 09, 2007
I Guess I'm Just an Amateur Sinner
 
posted by Mike Clawson at 10:11 PM | Permalink |


7 Comments:


At 6/09/2007 10:23:00 PM, Blogger Julie

Ha - I'm in Purgatory - "You have escaped damnation and made it to Purgatory, a place where the dew of repentance washes off the stain of sin and girds the spirit with humility."

 

At 6/09/2007 11:53:00 PM, Anonymous Miko

Hm. Level 1. And I was so looking forward to the Level-6 bragging rights. :-)

Charon ushers you across the river Acheron, and you find yourself upon the brink of grief's abysmal valley. You are in Limbo, a place of sorrow without torment. You encounter a seven-walled castle, and within those walls you find rolling fresh meadows illuminated by the light of reason, whereabout many shades dwell. These are the virtuous pagans, the great philosophers and authors, unbaptised children, and others unfit to enter the kingdom of heaven. You share company with Caesar, Homer, Virgil, Socrates, and Aristotle. There is no punishment here, and the atmosphere is peaceful, yet sad.

Hm. I suppose I'd take the "virtuous pagans" over heaven given the choice.

 

At 6/10/2007 12:15:00 AM, Blogger Robin

*sigh* I made it to level 6

Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis

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You approach Satan's wretched city where you behold a wide plain surrounded by iron walls. Before you are fields full of distress and torment terrible. Burning tombs are littered about the landscape. Inside these flaming sepulchers suffer the heretics, failing to believe in God and the afterlife, who make themselves audible by doleful sighs. You will join the wicked that lie here, and will be offered no respite. The three infernal Furies stained with blood, with limbs of women and hair of serpents, dwell in this circle of Hell.

 

At 6/10/2007 08:30:00 PM, Blogger Mike Clawson

"Hm. I suppose I'd take the "virtuous pagans" over heaven given the choice."

You'd certainly have some good company with all those philosophers and poets there.

Though I'm not sure how Caesar ended up there. You'd think violent oppressors would be sent a little lower.

 

At 6/10/2007 09:04:00 PM, Anonymous Miko

Though I'm not sure how Caesar ended up there. You'd think violent oppressors would be sent a little lower.

Caesar wasn't all bad. He was a reformer for the rights of the poor and helped restructure laws to bring people out of debt.

In any case, he actually was pretty well thought of in Dante's time. He managed to get on the list of the "Nine Worthies." Dante saw Caesar as the uniter of Italy. His assassins Brutus and Cassius didn't fare as well: they ended up in zone 4 ("Judecca," named for Judas) of the 9th level.

 

At 6/10/2007 10:28:00 PM, Blogger Mike Clawson

Yeah, I know, I've read the Inferno. And I realize that people back then tended to idolize the old Roman heros.

But as for Caesar, he may have been a champion of the plebs, but he was pretty nasty to the Gauls. He could afford to give hand-outs to the poor of Rome because he had stolen it all from non-Romans.

 

At 6/10/2007 11:07:00 PM, Blogger gerbmom

Looks like I'm with Julie in purgatory.... makes me wonder about you Mike..... ;)

 

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