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Ephialtes and Two Other Titans   1824-27
pen, ink and watercolour over black chalk and pencil (NGV 26)
Felton Bequest, 1920
National Gallery of Victoria

Inferno XXXI, 84-111. The poets are now crossing the bank that separates the eighth circle, or Malebolge, from the ninth circle or central pit. This is guarded by Giants, standing waist deep in a ditch. They come across Ephialtes, the son of Neptune, who is chained as in Dante's text. However, Blake has added two other giants. The passage illustrated is one in which Dante describes Ephialtes shaking himself, like an earth-quake with falling stones.

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