Circle Number 6
Boss None
Creatures Heretics Pagans
Locations City of Dis
Host Farinata Uberti
Prev. Circle Anger
Next Circle Violence
“Here you will find the heretics and followers of every cult and pagan sect, all buried together, burning in eternal fire.” — Virgil

Heresy is the sixth Circle of Hell.


Upon entrance into Hell's capital, the infernal City of Dis, Dante descends into the lair of those who either denied the existence of God and the soul or who worshipped false idols and devils. They are encased within flaming tombs or nailed to inverted burning crosses. Heretics and Pagans are free to worship the "Fallen One" and guard this circle.

Areas of the Circle.Edit

  • Flaming Tombs: Different markings show that there are those who suffer from all lands, and from every epoch, forever enflamed.-Farinata Uberti
  • Rescue by Christ: "Not long after my own death, I saw a mighty one come down and take forth from here a group of ancient shades. Our first parent, his son Abel, Noah, Abraham, and many others. The deep foul valley trembled on all sides and I thought the universe felt love."- Virgil
  • Followers of Epicurus: "In this part of Hell, Epicures with all his followers, who make the soul die with the body, have their burial place."-Virgil


  • In the Divine Comedy, Dante encounters Cavalcante de Cavalcanti, Farinata Uberti, Epicurus, Emperor Frederick II, and Pope An
  • Due to the Heretics denying the divinity of God, Dante places them lower in Hell as their actions are not related to Divine Love or a corrupted virtuous desire. As they actively taught others not to believe in the doctrines of God, they do not share in His Divinity or His promise of eternal life, which is why they are placed in burning graves.
  • According to The Divine Comedy, the blazing tombs and coffins will stay open in Dis until the end of time, when they will be sealed forever. Having denied God's existence and subsequent promise of life everlasting beyond death with Him, the heretics are destined to die a final death in accordance with their own misguided beliefs (symbolized by the final closing of their burning caskets).


Nine Circles of Hell
Limbo ·  Lust ·  Gluttony ·  Greed ·  Anger ·  Heresy ·  Violence ·  Fraud ·  Treachery

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