Dante Alighieri

"The Father of Italian Language"

Life and Education

Alighieri's exact date of birth is unknown, but he is believed to have been born in Florence, Italy around 1265. Most of his life was spent in the city of Florence, where he worked on many of his famous poems, including "The Divine Comedy". Alighieri was likely enrolled in a local church or chapter school in Florence, where he learned much of religion and writing. Alighieri was involved heavily in politics as well as his work. He was most well known as an Italian literary figure, with some of his works including "Monarchia", and "Convivio". His most influential patron was known as Cangrande I della Scala.

The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy is an epic poem written by Alighieri between approximately 1308-1321, the time of his death. The poem has been published into several languages that have been produced around the world. However, of the 300 originally printed manuscripts, only fourteen still survive, which is on display in Oratorio della Nunziatella in Foligno, Italy. The poem's allegorical and descriptive vision of the afterlife is representative of the medieval world-view associated with the 14th century. It also helped establish the Tuscan language, which it is written in, as a standard language for Italians. I find the piece extremely interesting because of the unique story and imaginative flow that each word has. This piece exemplifies the idea of Renaissance Humanism. The poem is all about how a human's life is played out, through Hell, Earth, and Heaven. This is a very good demonstration of how much of the world was thought to revolve around humans.