"I was a novice in this state When I saw hither come a Mighty One, With sign of victory incoronate"

(Canto 4, lines 51-53)

"A novice in this state", That is to say, relatively newly arrived: Virgil died in 19 BC, 53 years before Jesus' death at 34 years, which by the time of Dante's pilgramage through Inferno in 1300 was 1266 years ago. Jesus is the "Mighty One" referred to here - his name is never mentioned in the Comedy. Dante describes Jesus as he was often depicted in Christian iconography: with a halo around his head marked with the symbol of the Cross, ("with sign of victory incoronate") or sometimes carrying a banner of the Cross in one hand.