The isolation imposed by a locked, dungeon setting makes such setting to appear as the
ground of definite boundaries, the “no-landscape” setting. Nevertheless, when the dungeon
environment really holds sway, the human spirit’s irreducibility to those four walls stands out.
It is a t that point that the power of word and narrative allows the world-space to be taken into
the dungeon setting; the human spirit can afford then the possibility of journeying in time and
space, even inside his innermost being.
This essay aims at highlighting the wealth of classic tradition lying behind “the dungeon”
literary topos as a space of meaning. While other classic texts are discussed as well, the main
literary corpus being dealt with is a specific Virgil-style, Neolatin epopee. The piece is made of
twelve chants, six of which take place inside a particular dungeon.