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(əˈvɜr nəs)

1. a lake in the caldera of a volcano near Naples, Italy, regarded in ancient times as the entrance to the underworld.
2. the underworld.
A•ver′nal, adj.
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Little boys at school are taught in their earliest Latin book that the path of Avernus is very easy of descent.
I back myself to climb out of Avernus any day I like, and sooner or later I shall climb out for good.
Vampa took this wild road, which, enclosed between two ridges, and shadowed by the tufted umbrage of the pines, seemed, but for the difficulties of its descent, that path to Avernus of which Virgil speaks.
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It is a long and weary journey, marching or sometimes crawling, in a place of dim light and dead air with no wind and no birds (133)--the root meaning of the name Avernus (25)--and it ends with their being rowed ("Many have taken ship at the pale beaches" [133]) to the city where the Queen dwells.
126-29) warns Aeneas: "easy is the descent to Avernus [a gate to the world of the dead] .
The 1515 map charts the infernal terrain in some detail: it gives the crucial landmarks of Jerusalem (at the geometrical centre above the cone) and the city of Cumae (near Lake Avernus, marking the entrance to the underworld), (20) it outlines the shape and structure of the funnel (reminiscent of an amphitheatre), provides captions and inscriptions, and traces the path taken by Dante and Virgil in a dotted line from Cumae to the lowest circle.
una Annonciation, 2001, 200 x 180 cm y un Avernus, 200 x 180 cm.
The Forest of Medieval Romance: Avernus, Broceliande, Arden.
See Saunders, The Forest of Medieval Romance: Avernus, Broceliande, Arden (Cambridge: D.
then when they came to the jaws of the smelly Avernus, they quickly rise and dropping through the serene air, perch on the desired seats, on the tree of twin nature, from which the sheen of gold shone out with its contrasting color through the green branches.
Maturin could not love Avernus, where no birds wing.