Capaneus


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Capaneus:

see Seven against ThebesSeven against Thebes,
in Greek legend, seven heroes—Polynices, Adrastus, Amphiaraüs, Hippomedon, Capaneus, Tydeus, and Parthenopaeus—who made war on Eteocles, king of Thebes.
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Capaneus

struck dead by a thunderbolt for boasting that not even Jove could stop him from scaling the wall of Thebes. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 166]
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Scannadio's name--"scannare" (to slit a throat) + "dio" (God)--suggests that he is a man bent on slitting God's throat, a fourteenth-century scion of Otus, Capaneus, Lucifer and the various other would-be slayers of God.
As Dantean sinners are often punished by being permitted to reenact in some manner their earthly sins for eternity--the wrathful who tear Filippo Argenti to pieces, the obstinate and proud Capaneus who unceasingly scorns Jove, the thieves who steal one another's forms--after his fall, Satan is permitted to appear as things he is not for eternity.
The point is that justice is done according to the overriding desire of the particular soul, which is confirmed by a comment Virgil makes in canto XIV of the Inferno to Capaneus, whose sin is blasphemy:
X), continuing his analysis of pride also in the encounters with Capaneus (Inf.