Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

The first book of Dante's Divina Commedia, which provided an archetypal image of Hell as a funnel divided into nine descending circles, to whose different torments various types of sinners are assigned. [BS]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.