The Question and Answer section for Divine Comedy-I: Inferno is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Virgil, a Roman poet, wrote the Aeneid, which dealt in part with the adventures of Aeneas, who descended to the underworld. This may be why Dante chose to use him as a guide in his poem. The fictional Virgil is like an older, stronger, and wiser...
Minos is a figure from Classical mythology: he was the son of Zeus and Europa. Hell is divided into seven circles, according to the seriousness of the sins. Thus the first, Limbo, is the least blame-worthy, and the second, where the lustful are...
From the text:
".... a panther, nimble, light,
And cover'd with a speckled skin, appear'd"
"A lion came, 'gainst me, as it appear'd,
With his head held aloft and hunger-mad"
".... A she-wolf
Was at his heels, who in her leanness seem'd
Full of all...