The History of Literature #238 – The Seven Deadly Sins

As with Santa’s reindeer or Snow White’s seven dwarves, we all know the phrase “Seven Deadly Sins” even if we struggle to remember the exact list. But who came up with this concept? And who decided that Pride, Envy, Wrath, Lust, Sloth, Greed, and Gluttony were the seven qualities deserving of this ignominious honor? In this episode, Jacke and Mike take a look at the Seven Deadly Sins and how they have been portrayed in literature – and offer some ideas for how the list might be better tailored for today’s world.

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Music Credits:

“Sweeter Vermouth” and “Bad Ideas” by Kevin MacLeod (

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