Brunetto Latini is one of the damned which Dante must punish or absolve for "The Damned" and "Old Friend" achievement/trophy. If the player punishes him, the "Old Friend" achievement will be locked out. He is encountered in the circle of Violence, amongst the Abominable Sands.
A mentor to young Dante, Latini was sentenced to the seventh circle of Hell for sodomy and crimes against nature.
- In The Inferno, Dante encounters the shade of Brunetto Latini within the final round of the seventh circle. Upon recognizing Dante, Brunetto has a lengthy talk with his former pupil. Latini had adopted the young Dante after his father's death, and was known as a great public speaker and scholar, having created one of the first encyclopedias in a European language. He is one of the few shades Dante regards with compassion. Evidence of Latini engaging in sodomy as historic fact is ambiguous, and it is possible that Latini is not in Hell as a Sodomite, but for using French in his works instead of Italian, which Dante may have deemed an "unnatural" corruption of writing as art.
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