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Canto XIV (1): Dante and Virgil enter the third ring of the Seventh Circle, a barren dessert with rain of fire. The souls of those who have disdain for God are condemned here. They skirt the burning sands until they come to a small river flowing out of the forest of the second ring along which is a path leading across the sands to the lower Circles of Hell. ...

XIV (2): Virgil tells Dante the water of the river begins in the upper world at Mount Ida on Crete and flows downward through the Circles of Hell, forming the Acheron, the Styx, and the Phlegethon (the blood river of the Seventh Circle's first ring), as well as the River Lethe and the pool of Cocytus at the center of Hell, which Dante will see later on his journey. (end)

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