“Pluto’s Gate”: Is the Real Gate to Hell in Turkey?


“It sounds like something out of a horror movie. But Italian scientists say that the ‘Gate to Hell’ is the real deal—poisonous vapors and all.  The announcement of the finding of the ruins of Pluto’s Gate (Plutonium in Latin) at an archeology conference in Turkey last month, was recently reported by Discovery News. Francesco D’Andria, professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento in Lecce, Italy, who has been excavating the ancient Greco-Roman World Heritage Site of Hierapolis for years, led the research team.” [. . .]    –Claudine Zap, Yahoo! News, April 2, 2013

Contributed by David Israel

Dante in Times Square – 42nd St. Subway Station


Contributed by Steven Bartus (Bowdoin, ’08)

Dante’s Kitchen – Dante Street, New Orleans

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Dante’s Kitchen Website

Occupy New Haven


Contributed by Aisha Woodward (Bowdoin, ’08)

Dante in Barcelona


Contributed by Peter Edmunds (Bowdoin ’14)

“Noboribetsu, the Japanese mouth of Hell.”


Contributed by Victoria Rea-Wilson (Bowdoin, ’14)

Dante, South Dakota

dante-south-dakota“Dante was founded in 1908 but was originally called Mayo, after H.T. Mayo – owner of the local general store. However, in 1910 when the railroad came to the town, officials balked at building a depot in a town named Mayo (a name which for unclear reasons, railroad officials found undignified). The railroad requested citizens rename the town. H.T. Mayo replied that he didn’t care what they renamed it, sarcastically suggesting, ‘You can call it Dante’s Inferno for all I care.'” [. . .]    —Wikipedia

Read about the Security State Bank in Dante, S.D., being added to the National Register of Historic Places here.

Hell on Earth


“In Grand Cayman, Dante’s Inferno comes to life in the form of jagged, black limestone formations that rise from dark, still waters. This creepy but artful landscape, which you cannot trek on but instead view from platforms, deserves its name: Many of the rocks, some resembling stalagmites, are sharp and menacing.”  […]
“The more curmudgeonly among us might call the holidays, to (mis)quote David Foster Wallace, “a sneaky keyhole view of hell.” These days, hell is whatever we want it to be: other people (Sartre), ourselves (Oscar Wilde), a half-filled auditorium (Robert Frost). So much of our idea of hell comes from literature, rather than religion–Dante’s and Milton’s allegories, in particular–it’s hard to imagine a time when hell was more geological than metaphorical. Not so long ago, it was thought to be a real physical place beneath the earth’s crust with secret entrances in caves, volcanoes, underground rivers, and bubbling pools of boiling mud.” [. . .]    –Megan Cytron, Salon, December 26, 2010

Dante Alighieri Elementary School, Boston


See more at Boston Public Schools.

Contributed by Elizabeth Baskerville

A Plaque in Bulgaria


Contributed by Steven Bartus (Bowdoin, ’08)