Dante Aligheri

Dante Alighieri Dante Alighieri is most commonly known for his book " La Divina Commedia" (The Divine Comedy) which records his travel through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.
The cover of his most famous book

Dante is also commonly known for his poetry. He was influenced by Aristole, Cicero, Virgil and many others.
A portrait of Dante

He was born in early June 1265 and died at age 56 in September 1321. Dante was considered by many people the greatest poet of the Italian Renaissance although lived and died before it began. He is also considered the father of the Italian language. Dante also influenced another great poet Petrach.
Dante wrote another famous book of poems. The poems were inspired by a girl he met at the age of nine. The girl's name was Beatrice. Although they did not marry Dante had great love for Beatrice and in the middle of his book
"La Vita Nuova" (The New Life) Beatrice was pronounced dead. Dante fell into a deep depression and postponed writing the poems. Eventually, things got better for Dante and eventually finished the book.
In Dante's most famous book ("The Divine Comedy") he travels through hell or "Inferno". Many things have come out of this part of the book, video games, movies, and strangely enough an amusement park ride.
A picture of the former ride at Astroland

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Outside links

Renaissance vol. 3 published by Grolier
The Italian Renaissance by Paul Robert Walker