2. Lust

The second circle of hell is where the souls who were lustful are forced to spend eternity. In this circle, the souls are relentlessly blown around by violent winds, which is meant to symbolize lust’s ability to blow people aimlessly around. Among the lustful souls, Dante and Virgil come across Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, and Achilles. Cleopatra is perhaps the most famous of the lustful souls, as her affairs with Caesar and Mark Antony are infamous. After meeting some of the lustful souls, Dante and Virgil move on to the third circle of Hell.

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