Inferno

A giant whom Dante sees in the eighth circle of hell. Nimrod attempted to build the Tower of Babel, which would reach up to heaven. When God destroyed the tower, the one language spoken by all men on earth fractured into the many languages we have now. In hell, Nimrod is unable to speak intelligible words.

Nimrod Quotes in Inferno

The Inferno quotes below are all either spoken by Nimrod or refer to Nimrod. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Inferno published in 1950.
Canto 31 Quotes

That's Nimrod, by whose fault the gracious bands
Of common speech throughout the world were loosed.

We'll waste no words, but leave him where he stands,
For all speech is to him as is to all
That jargon of his which no one understands.

Related Characters: Virgil (speaker), Nimrod
Page Number: 31.77-81
Explanation and Analysis:

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Nimrod Character Timeline in Inferno

The timeline below shows where the character Nimrod appears in Inferno. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Canto 31
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...hangs around its neck (and which Dante heard just earlier). Virgil identifies this giant as Nimrod, who was responsible for the construction of the failed tower of Babel. (In a biblical... (full context)