The Circle of Traitors: Dante Striking against Bocca degli Abati

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Dante stumbles against the traitor Bocca degli Abati, caught with others in the ice a frozen lake
But, passing 'midst the heads, my foot did strike
With violent blow against the face of one.
"Wherefore dost bruise me?" weeping he excaim'd.
(Hell; Canto XXXII, line 77.)
(Plate 7.)

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McGill University Library, the Internet Archive

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Copper-plate engraving showing a scene from the ninth circle of Hell: Dante and Virgil stand side by side on a frozen lake where human figures partly emerge, caught in ice. Dante stumbles against Bocca degli Abati, a traitor to the Guelfs, as more frozen bodies can be seen on the right embedded in rocks.

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