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Dante Alighieri (1265 – 1321)

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence around 1265. In Florence, in 1300, he became an ambassador and was appointed "prior", one of the 100 leading citizens who ran the city in rotation. He confronted the Pope Boniface who condemned him to be burnt at the stake for his political beliefs. 

"It was Boniface," writes Duffy, "who declared the first Jubilee or Holy Year in 1300, when tens of thousands of pilgrims converged on Rome to gain indulgences, adding enormously to the prestige of the papacy and the spiritual centrality of Rome." All who visited were promised "full and copious pardon", and so enriched Rome's churches that the sacristans "had to scoop in the pilgrim offerings with rakes".

It was Boniface, too, who in his bull of 1302, Unam Sanctam says: "It is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman pontiff."

When Boniface sent a military envoy to Florence to conquer the place for the Church, Dante agreed to go to Rome with two other ambassadors of the republic. While he was away, enemies at home cooked up charges against him, Boniface detained him in Rome and he was sentenced to death.

Dante holding a copy of the Divine Comedy in Florence Michelino fresco

Dante holding a copy of the Divine Comedy in Florence Michelino fresco

In 1315 he was offered an amnesty, and friends and relatives wrote urging him him to come back. He rejected them all, and in return was once again condemned to death, this time in company with his children. He died in Ravenna in 1321.While in exhile from Florence, the great poet of the Divine Comedy visited Venice in early 1321.

Dante's visit to Venice was also the cause of his death, because on the way back, he contracted malaria which killed him in Ravenna September 14, 1321.

The Florentine poet Dante Alighieri is considered one of the greatest poets of all time

Poems by Dante

The Divine Comedy is an epic poem written around 1300.  This sacred  is an allegory of our journey to enlightenment.  It describes our paths through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven to understand the Divine Essence, and attain the union with the Divine Love.

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Dante Alighieri Poems:

Dante about Pride and Envy

Superbia, invidia e avarizia sono
le tre faville c'hanno i cuori accesi.

  • Pride, Envy, and Avarice are
    the three sparks that have set these hearts on fire.

Dante about Being Human

O dignitosa coscïenza, e netta,
come t'è piccioli fallo amaro morso!

  • , upright and stainless, how bitter sting to thee is a little fault!

O gene umana, per volar sù nata,
perché a poco vento così cadi?

  • O human race, born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall?

Poca favilla gran fiamma seconda.

  • A great flame follows a little spark.

Dante about God

E 'n la sua volontade è nostra pace.

  • And in His will is our peace.

Lo maggior don che Dio per sua larghezza
fesse creando, e a la sua bontate
più conformato, e quel ch'e' più apprezza,
fu de la volontà la libertate;
di che le creature intelligenti,
e tutte e sole, fuore e son dotate.

  • The greatest gift that in His bounty made in creation, and the most conformable to His goodness, and that which He prizes the most, was the freedom of will, with which the creatures with intelligence, they all and they alone, were and are endowed.

Dante about Divine Love

Nel suo profondo vidi che s'interna,
legato con amore in un volume,
ciò che per l'universo si squaderna.

  • I saw within Its depth how It conceives all things in a single volume bound by , of which the universe is the scattered leaves.

L'amor che muove il sole e l'altre stelle.

  • The Love which moves the sun and the other stars.

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