Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 19: The Greedy


Engraver: Auguste Doré




Alive, sought money

Now, feet bound, backs turned toward God

Alive, ignored God


NOTE: On the fifth story of the seven-story mountain, saved sinners purge the sin of greed. Because they looked at money and material possessions in the Land of the Living instead of looking to God, on this ledge their purgation is to look at the dust of the ground and to turn their backs on God. Their hands and feet are bound because they used them to pursue money and material possessions with too much zeal in the Land of the Living.




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