Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321

[Mentioned in No and Yes, p. 18]

Dante is classified as Italy's greatest national poet, but the appeal of his work has been universal.

Dante's youth was largely passed in Florence, his birthplace. It is certain that he was instructed in subjects usually taught in university courses. Among his friends were Giotto, the artist, and Cavalcanti, the philosopher. When Dante was nine, he met Beatrice Portinari, not quite twelve months his junior, whom he later immortalized in his masterpiece, the "Divine Comedy," as the symbol of pure love and divine wisdom. Her death when he was twenty-five seems to mark the beginning of his political life.

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