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“I disregard all notions of the "soul". With the body goes all else, so why not live out one's terrestrial days in happiness? Oh, but for these Epicurean beliefs, I am deemed "heretic", and cast into the fire.” — Farinata Uberti
Farinata Uberti was a Tuscan aristocrat and military leader who believed that the soul dies with the body, denying life after death. Condemned as a heretic for those beliefs, his body was exhumed and burned.
- In The Inferno, as Dante and Virgil make their way past the fiery tombs of Dis, Farinata degli Uberti rises from one of the open tombs. He and Dante then talk, before Dante moves on to the seventh circle.
- Farinata also appears in the animated epic as an eight foot deformed shade wreathed in flames. He tells Dante that while the damned cannot see present, they can forsee the future (which he also divulges to Dante in the poem). Farinata then mocks Dante, telling him that in his future, Beatrice will be wed to Lucifer while he'll be damned forever. Dante simply stabs Farinata in the eye with his cross, causing the heretic to vanish in a fiery flash. Once he is gone, Dante remarks, "I never liked him."
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