Many have made the journey. None have ever returned. Wandering through a dark forest, Dante finds himself at the gates to the underworld. Despite his terror, he dares to enter the Circles of Hell, where the damned lie in torment. As he descends deeper, he encounters wild-eyed sinners, sees the three-headed, howling hound Cerberus, and meets a long-dead prophet who foretells Dante's destiny. He passes through realms of fire and ice, and at last reaches the frozen heart of Hell where the hideous Satan, greatest of all the damned, lies in wait.
Dante Aligheri was born in Florence in 1265 and belonged to an impoverished but noble family. In 1302 Dante was condemned to exile from Florence. He took refuge first in Verona, and after wandering from place to place, he settled in Ravenna. While there he completed The Divine Comedies, which he began in 1308. Dante died in Ravenna in 1321.