The Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate was the judge at the Trial of Jesus who was deceived by the Pharisees and Head Priest Caiphas into placing Jesus of Nazareth under arrest and eventually crucifying him under charge of Heresy. When he asked the Jews "Who do you want me to release? Barabas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?" and the Jews ordered Barabas to be released. Pilate then asked them "Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?" The priests persuaded the crowd to crucify Jesus. Upon hearing so, Pilate washed his hands before the Jews saying "I am innocent of this man's blood, see to it yourselves." His cowardice contributed to the suffering of One for the sins of many, for this Lucifer designed his just but horrific punishment that makes him bear the weight of all in Limbo.
- In The Inferno, some believe that Pontius Pilate is mentioned to be amongst those on the Shores of Acheron. However, the text is ambigous.
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