The son of a commoner, Publius Vergilius Maro was once a masterful Roman poet living under the rule of Caeser Augustus, living before the birth of Christ and becoming well-known by many along with other poets like Homer. Virgil is the author of the Aeneid, his magnum opus. He described living under Augustus during the time of the lying and false gods. However, after living for over fifty years, Virgil died about 19 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Virgil also said that even though he died about one hundred years before the birth of Christ, he foretold Jesus's coming in his (Virgil's) works.
Virgil died shortly before the birth of Christ, and thus was never baptized. But because he led a good life on earth, Virgil was given a place amongst the virtuous pagans in the Hall of Kings, within the circle of Limbo. Virgil found himself being called by a beautiful woman, asking him to help a friend she feared had gone astray. She tells him that appearing at the Gates of Hell, Virgil meets the Crusader Knight Dante, where he offers to guide him throughout the circles of Hell. From then on, Virgil helps Dante to traverse the Nine Circles, from the outer boundaries of Limbo to the frozen wastelands of Treachery, offering guidance and advising him of the purpose of each circle. Virgil also gives Dante his first spell when they first meet.
- Virgil was a real Roman poet who represented to the real Dante Alighieri the pinnacle of human reason as well as the limitations of human reason.
- In The Divine Comedy Virgil was sent by Beatrice to serve as Dante's guide through Hell and Purgatory ("Inferno" and "Purgatorio"). Being a pagan soul, however, Virgil was not allowed to enter Paradise, and passed Dante off to Beatrice at the end of "Purgatorio."
- In Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic, Virgil has even more personality than in the game.