What Is a Grafter in Dante's "Inferno"?


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In Dante Alighieri's "Inferno," the term "grafter" refers to a person who sells political favor for monetary gain. A grafter was also called a "barrator."

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Dante Alighieri was a Florentine nobleman born in 1265. He became famous for writing the "Commedia," or "The Divine Comedy." In Dante's epic poem, he represents Hell as the nine circles of inferno. These circles include limbo, lustful, gluttonous, misers and spendthrifts, wrathful and sullen, heretics, violent, fraudulent and traitors. Based on the transgressions committed, sinners are imprisoned in these circles to suffer for eternity. The grafters or barrators belong to the fifth pocket or pouch of the eighth circle, which comprises the 10 types of fraud.

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