- Jun 6, 2006
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Jon in SW Ohio said:(Hopefully saying it like that will appease the Flying Spaghetti Monster into action)
silence882 said:uh, not to be too technical, but 'Abandon all hope, ye who enter here' isn't pirate! It's on the signpost over the entrance to Hell in the Inferno.
<insert 'how appropriate'-themed remark here>
PHRAG said:Hey Stephen,
Never one to resist a challenge, I set about to find the source of the connection between Dante's Inferno and Pirates. I have come close, but not quite close enough for my tastes. Maybe someone can help fill in the gaps here if they truly exist.
It seems that Pirate history has been romanticized and glorified to the point of legend. Most pirates were nothing more than murderers and rapists with boats. Their careers often lasted no more than a couple of years before they were caught and executed.
Much of today's Pirate lore is muddied and interpretive, including the Jolly Roger flag that you see in the logo above. Only one Pirate flew the Skull-N-Crossbones version of the pirate flag (the dread Pirate England) but you often see it associated with Pirates in general.
So, with that said, I have traced the source of the "abandon hope" quote and its tie to Pirates all the way back to the 1960's. : ) Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride featured the line being spoken by the evil Pirate Captain. Now it seems that popular culture has run away with the line. Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas has animatronic skeletons that utter the line, and a derivation of it can be heard in the POTC movie. Most Pirate themed websites also feature the line.
An since ye be so willin to question the Captain, I fear it be time for ye to be walkin the plank!