When Satan fell from Heaven, he fell through the Earth, displacing land in the
This became Mt. Purgatory, which is where Catholics go to become
purified before they rise to Heaven.
At the top of Mt. Purgatory is Eden, the origin of man.
the end of Dante’s Inferno, once Dante and Virgil reach the center of Hell, they climb out of it
and go to Purgatory. (This is all from the Western Civ Wiki website… there is nothing in the
history book about it, and I haven’t finished reading Inferno yet… if you have anything to add,
please let me know!)
The first circle of Hell.
Home to the Virtuous Pagans, unbaptized infants.
people in Limbo include Aeneas, Caesar, Aristotle, Plato, Orpheus, Cicero, Avicenna, Homer,
Ovid, Horace, Virgil.
Some of these people came before Jesus, therefore never had the
opportunity to know God.
These souls don’t have the opportunity to be enlightened (think
Plato’s allegory of the cave). Limbo is technically a part of Hell, because it includes the
punishment of being separated from God.
There is no physical punishment, and there is nothing
about Limbo, just nothing good.
It is the first place in Hell that Dante the pilgrim visits with
Virgil (aka the first circle of Hell).
The significance of Limbo in Dante’s Inferno shows the
admiration that Dante had for historical figures such as those listed above.
These people never
were “enlightened” but laid the foundations for Christianity.