Discuss the development of the character Virgil in the Inferno. Identify some of its salient
aspects and discuss how they are developed in at least two or three passages of the poem.
Virgil in the Inferno is probably the closet
Dantes post-exile treatises, the Convivio (the Banquet) and the De vulgari eloquentia (On
vernacular eloquence), prepare the way for Divine Comedy. At the same time, the poem
represents a major change in direction in Dantes projec
After they conversed a while,
they turned to me with signs of greeting,
and my master smiled at this.
And then they showed me greater honor still,
For they made me one of their company,
So that I became the sixth among suc