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St. Peter's Gate - Allusion

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Transcript of St. Peter's Gate - Allusion

St. Peter's Gate - Allusion
St. Peter's Gate - Allusion
Historical Content
Dante's Hell Gate
Dante describes hell as a huge pit with souls suffering physical punishments to fit their crimes on earth. For example, adulterers endlessly swirled in storms of lust, and gluttons starved… Souls who were not evil enough to be damned forever, yet not good enough to go immediately to heaven, went to purgatory, where they were punished for the sins they committed in the expectation that in time they would be received into heaven. Dante describes purgatory as a mountain with various levels of sinners working off their sins. (Salisbury) Furthermore, Dante described hell in his own aspect with his gated entrance and Heaven, at this time, was also described to have a gated entrance guarded by St. Peter.
Dante's Hell Gate
' "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

—Dante Alighieri, from his The Divine Comedy, 1321

In Dante's poem, those words are posted over the entrance to hell. '
Victoria Thomas, 1st Period
This allusion first originated from Biblical text and it was followed by Roman Catholicism and some Christian churches. “Peter would be the rock on which his Church would be built, and conferred upon him, according to the Scriptures, "the keys of the kingdom of heaven: Whatever you bind on earth will be considered bound in heaven” (Reed).
Historical Content
Many believe that it is Saint Peter who is the heavenly doorkeeper and the one Jesus chose to hold the keys of Heaven and was regarded as the patron of the church. “He was a universal saint, the heavenly doorkeeper, and patron of the papacy and the Church. Many English monasteries were dedicated to him, including Canterbury, Lindisfarne, Malmesbury, and Westminster; cathedral dedications include York and Worcester” (Reed).
Works Cited:
Reed, Loretta. “Saint Peter.” 2004

Salisbury, Joyce E. “Death and the Afterlife in Medieval Europe.” 2004.

“Dante Alighieri: Quote on the Entrance to Hell.” 2004
Encrypted above the hell gate are the words: "Abandon all hope, ye who enters here.
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