Messo da Ciel(Heaven’s Messenger) Arrives at Dis to Open the Gate for Dante and Virgil (Canto 8-9) - Gustave Dore (1880)

Virgil Feeding Cerberus in the Third Circle of Hell (Canto VI) - Gustave Dore (1880)

Beatrice and Virgil - Gustave Dore (1880), print engraving

"Daylight was leaving us, and darkened air
drawing those creatures that there are on earth
from all their labours. I alone, I was
the only one preparing, as in war,
to onward-march and bear the agony
that thought will now unfailingly relate."
— Canto II (1-6) - Dante, Inferno
"Lo giorno se n’andava, e l’aere bruno
toglieva li animai che sono in terra
da le fatiche loro; e io sol uno
m’apparechiava a sostener la guerra
si del cammino e si de la pietate,
che ritarra la mente che non erra."
— Canto II (1-6) - Dante, Inferno
"Nox erat et terras animalia fessa per omnis
alituum pecudumque genus sopor altus habebat,
cum pater in ripa gelidique sub aetheris axe
Aeneas, tristi turbatus pectora bello,
procubuit seramque dedit per membra quietem."
— The Aeneid - Virgil