Augustine, some of his contemporaries, and theologians in the Medieval era reinterpreted Virgil’s poem [Eclogue 4](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclogue_4) to be a prediction of the birth of Jesus Christ. Many regarded Virgil as a pre-Christian prophet or a virtuous pagan. In keeping with this tradition, Dante included Virgil as his guide through the *Inferno*.
> Under thy guidance, whatso tracks remain
Of our old wickedness, once done away,
Shall free the earth from never-ceasing fear.
He shall receive the life of gods, and see
Heroes with gods commingling, and himself
Be seen of them, and with his father’s worth
Reign o’er a world at peace.