As we were discussing the various circles of Hell today, I wondered where Oedipus and Medea would end up. They were both pagans, which would put them in circle 1. Oedipus could also rest in circle 2 because he lusted for his own mother. Medea could easily end up in circle 5, because of her serious wrath. She was easily angered and took out all of her anger on those around her. Both Oedipus and Medea could also end up in Circle 7, because they are violent. They are violent against themselves (Oedipus) as well as their neighbors (Medea – murdered her brother, both children, a princess and her father.) In addition, they could easily fall under circle 8 or 9, because Oedipus was treacherous (albeit unintentionally) to his country and kin (as in his people, because he was the reason that his kingdom was suffering) and Medea was both treacherous and deceitful (mostly to her kin, her father and Jason, but also to a benefactor, when she tricks the foreign king into promising her a place to retreat). I’m not sure where they would belong, because they are guilty of many different sins!