dante and virgil in the underworld


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Everything’s on fucking point. The rusty tin cans with flowers, the fluorescent signs with black handwriting on the stands, the old men’s hats, the freaking mandatory red and white buildings.. no one buys (or sells for that matter) fully grown saguaros as far as I know but whatever, what’s really botherin me is what they named the xoloitzcuintle.

The guide to the underworld was Virgil, not Dante, come on -` A´-

  • Hannibal - 3.12 - 3.13
  • Botticelli’s “Chart of Hell”

We’ve had a lot of symbolism about Dante’s Inferno this season. This jump would have two different views. It’s a real jump but it’s also a metaphorical jump. Will’s descent to Hell.

Botticelli’s “Chart of Hell” furnishes a panoptic display of the descent made by Dante and Virgil through the “abysmal valley of pain”.

The painting is similar to the cliff where Hannibal and Will jumped.

From Dante’s Inferno: “Conscious that he is ruining himself and that he is falling into a “low place” where the sun is silent, Dante is at last rescued by Virgil, and the two of them begin their journey to the underworld.
Having survived the depths of Hell, Dante and Virgil ascend out of the undergloom to the Mountain of Purgatory on the far side of the world.”

Nerd Moment: Abandon all Hope ye who are Snow, Regina and Emma.

One of the best things about the Nevengers in the Underworld is OUAT using one of the most iconic lines about Hell. 

Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intratetranslated as “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

This line is found in Dante’s Inferno. For all those who don’t know what the Inferno is, it is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri in the 14th century. In the poem, Dante travels through the circles of Hell guided by the Roman poet Virgil. He is sent by Beatrice, who was inspired by a Florentine woman that Dante had known and loved his whole life. In the poem, Dante is lost in life and ventures through Hell to help him his soul reach a better place, Heaven. 

In last night’s episode, Devils Due, we get a clear view of the infamous words etched in stone above the doorway into Hades lair. Maybe it was just me but I got so excited to see OUAT using the iconic words. What made me love the words even more was seeing the tombstones. It may seem strange but it actuality it isn’t. 

The words warn all to abandon hope, for Hell is no place for hope, which Hades kindly pointed out. Regina, Snow and Emma’s names were not some randomly chosen names for the tombstones because they helped or trying to help souls leave but 3 symbols of hope.

Snow: The constant believer of hope.

Regina: The one who regained hope.

Emma: The new believer of hope.

Hades has made it clear that he wants hope gone but after seeing who the symbols of hope are this season, I have a feeling that it will be harder to be rid of them than he thinks. These are three very strong women that DO NOT at any cost back done from a tough fight. 

Snow being the constant symbol for hope has her own understanding of the importance of hope but Regina and Emma have an understanding that plays a huge part in the mission. They understand what it is like to never had hope or lose it. Now they have this new sense of hope they will want to hold onto it even harder than Snow.  Nothing Hades can do to them will break them to lose hope. It’s possible we will see them hit the breaking point but they are strong enough to keep their grasp on it. The longer Hades has Emma, Snow and Regina in Hell, the more souls he knows that he will lose which can lead to the possible downfall of his hold of Hell. These 3 women alone can inspire the souls to find a way to move on whether it be on their own or with the help of the new Nevengers. 

One of the things I noticed after last night is that it is the women taking the lead. Snow, Regina and Emma are the ones in charge while Charming, Robin and Killian are the ones following. It is great to see them as the heart and hope of this mission. In my opinion I think it gives a great message out to the audience that women can lead and still have a feminine touch at the same time. It harks back to David’s we are both. Women do not have to choice between being the heart or the leaders but can and WILL BE both. 

With so much more left to the season I for one are excited to see these 3 women battle against Hades to save Killian and all the other souls. Hope has always been a theme throughout the show but it seems more prevalent this season while in Hell, where it is evident that it will be needed the most. 

Archeron in mythology

In Greek mythology, the Archeron river is the “river of woe” and is the primary river of the underworld, from which the other rivers sprang. It was the river of Hades, and in some tellings (Virgil), the river that the dead had to cross to reach the Underworld (as opposed to Styx, which is more popularly known today).

In Dante’s “Inferno,” it forms the borders of the Underworld.

So with all the Hades/Rhys and Persephone/Feyre parallels in ACOMAF, I’m guessing this was a very deliberate move on the part of SJM.


*Edit* It had been pointed out that I apparently cannot read, and it is actually the ACHERON river, not Archeron. But still a close connection that could be deliberate.