Who is Dante

Dante Alighieri was an Italian poet, writer and politician. Born in Florence, between 21 May and 21 June 1265, he died in Ravenna on the night between 13 and 14 September 1321.

Dante Alighieri is considered the father of the Italian language; his reputation is eminently due to the Divine Comedy (Divina Commedia in Italian), his most famous work, which is universally considered the greatest work written in Italian language and one of the greatest masterpieces of world literature.

Important linguist, philosopher and political theorist, Dante ranged inside of human knowledge. He has profoundly marked the Italian literature of subsequent centuries as well as the whole culture of western europe, as to be dubbed the “Great Poet” or, by definition, the “Poet.”

Dante, whose remains are located in the tomb in Ravenna built in 1780 by Camillo Morigia, has become one of the symbols of Italy in the world.

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