In the Second Circle of Hell, Dante and his companion Virgil find people
who were overcome by lust. They are punished by being blown violently
back and forth by strong winds, preventing them to find peace and rest.
Strong winds symbolize the restlessness of a person who is led by desire
for fleshly pleasures. Again, Dante sees many notable people from
history and mythology including Cleopatra, Tristan, Helen of Troy and
others who were adulterous during their lifetime.