CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 14 Episode 1

The Devil and D.B. Russell

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 25, 2013 on CBS



  • Allusions

    • The quote from Dante that appears on Fin's computer is "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."  The quote comes from The Inferno (Italian for "Hell"), which is the first part of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem The Divine Comedy, specifically from Canto III.  The original Italian phrase is "Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate".  Verbatim, the line translates as "Leave (lasciate) every (ogne) hope (speranza), ye (voi) that (ch') enter (intrate)."

      There are many English translations of this famous line. Some examples include:
      All hope abandon, ye who enter here - Henry Francis Cary (1805–1814)
      All hope abandon, ye who enter in! - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1882)
      Leave every hope, ye who enter! - Charles Eliot Norton (1891)
      Leave all hope, ye that enter - Carlyle Okey-Wicksteed (1932)
      Lay down all hope, you that go in by me. - Dorothy L. Sayers (1949)
      Abandon all hope, ye who enter here - John Ciardi (1954)
      Abandon every hope, you who enter. - Charles S. Singleton (1970)
      No room for hope, when you enter this place - C. H. Sisson (1980)
      Abandon every hope, who enter here. - Allen Mandelbaum (1982)
      Abandon all hope, you who enter here. - Robert Pinsky (1993)
      Abandon every hope, all you who enter - Mark Musa (1995)
      Abandon every hope, you who enter. - Robert M. Durling (1996)

      A complete English translation of the inscription above the gates of Hell:
      "Through me you pass into the city of woe:
      Through me you pass into eternal pain:
      Through me among the people lost for aye.
      Justice the founder of my fabric moved:
      To rear me was the task of Power divine,
      Supremest Wisdom, and primeval Love.
      Before me things create were none, save things
      Eternal, and eternal I endure.
      All hope abandon, ye who enter here."