Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 9, l. 52-4, The Divine Comedy (c. 1307-1321), trans. by Mark Musa (1971).
Dante is threatened by the three Furies at the gates of Dis, the Infernal City. Theseus, king of Athens, had tried and failed to carry off Persephone, queen of the classical underworld; he was rescued by Hercules.