The Italian writer Dante called the sin of pride the "Chief of All Sins" - the sin of Satan himself. The sin of pride was condemned by the Bible and the philosopher Socrates, while Romans and Vikings made it their greatest virtue. The sin of pride is thought to have led to the fall of Satan but strangely enough, the most famous story about Satan is not in the Bible. So what is the origin of the sin of pride?

In this intriguing series, HISTORY examines the impact of the seven deadly sins on mankind throughout the ages.

We learn how the concept originated 'as a way to keep a lustful fourth-century monk from sinning again 'and how they were pared down from eight to the seven we recognize today: gluttony, lust, greed, anger, sloth, envy, and pride. For the Catholic faithful they became a guide on the path to heaven. To repeat offenders, they promised damnation in Hell and very specific, very gruesome punishments. Gluttons, for instance, would be force-fed rats, toads and snakes.

The warnings couldn't be clearer: Succumb to any of the seven deadly sins and God's judgment will be severe.

Film Duration: 44 min