One of the most important heroes of Greek mythology, Ulysses (or Odysseus) appears in Homer's Iliad and is the protagonist of Homer's Odyssey. During the Trojan War, he helped plan the Trojan horse and also stole a sacred relic from the city along with Diomedes, during a secret night raid. He is punished in the eighth trench of the eighth circle of hell for his deception. He talks to Virgil and relates the story of his death: after sailing home from Troy (which, incidentally, the Odyssey narrates), he tried to sail to the ends of the earth, but went too far. God sank his ship with a whirlwind and drowned him.
Ulysses Quotes in Inferno
The Inferno quotes below are all either spoken by Ulysses or refer to Ulysses. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Inferno published in 1950.).
Ulysses Character Timeline in Inferno
The timeline below shows where the character Ulysses appears in Inferno. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.