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Day 040/365 - The First Circle of Hell: Greed

In the run-up to Valentines Day, I give you all the other deadly vices, starting with my favorite: Greed!


Dante has this to say: Those whose attitude toward material goods deviated from the desired mean are punished in this circle. They include the avaricious or miserly, who hoarded possessions, and the prodigal, who squandered them. Guarded by Plutus, the miserly group pushes great rocks towards the center of the circle; the wasters must take the rocks back to their own side of the circle (Canto VII). This is an antithetical punishment; the sinners must do the opposite of the actions they carried out in life.

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Taken on February 9, 2009