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Dante Alighieri

1265 - 1321

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Dante Alighieri (Italian: [ˈdante aliˈɡjɛːri]), probably baptized Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri and often referred to simply as Dante (, also US: ; c. 1265 – 14 September 1321), was an Italian poet, writer and philosopher. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa (modern Italian: Commedia) and later christened Divina by Giovanni Boccaccio, is widely considered one of the most important poems of the Middle Ages and the greatest literary work in the Italian language.Dante is known for establishing the use of the vernacular in literature at a time when most poetry was written in Latin, which was accessible only to the most educated readers. His De vulgari eloquentia (On Eloquence in the Vernacular) was one of the first scholarly defenses of the vernacular. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dante Alighieri has received more than 6,428,438 page views. His biography is available in 177 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 174 in 2019). Dante Alighieri is the 2nd most popular writer, the 9th most popular biography from Italy (down from 8th in 2019) and the most popular Italian Writer.

Dante Alighieri is most famous for writing the Divine Comedy, a three-part epic poem that tells the story of Dante's journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven.

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Among writers, Dante Alighieri ranks 2 out of 5,794Before him are William Shakespeare. After him are Homer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, J. R. R. Tolkien, Hans Christian Andersen, Voltaire, Franz Kafka, Leo Tolstoy, Victor Hugo, and Edgar Allan Poe.

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Among people born in 1265, Dante Alighieri ranks 1After him are Duns Scotus, Beatrice Portinari, Temür Khan, Andrew III of Hungary, Alfonso III of Aragon, Henry of Bohemia, Emperor Fushimi, Lucia, Countess of Tripoli, Ramon Muntaner, María de Molina, and Otto III, Duke of Carinthia. Among people deceased in 1321, Dante Alighieri ranks 1After him are Yunus Emre, Stefan Milutin, Birger, King of Sweden, Matthew III Csák, María de Molina, and Ibn al-Banna' al-Marrakushi.

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Among people born in Italy, Dante Alighieri ranks 9 out of 4,088Before him are Galileo Galilei (1564), Marco Polo (1254), Michelangelo (1475), Christopher Columbus (1451), Archimedes (-287), and Augustus (-63). After him are Raphael (1483), Antonio Vivaldi (1678), Niccolò Machiavelli (1469), Benito Mussolini (1883), Thomas Aquinas (1225), and Giuseppe Verdi (1813).

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Among writers born in Italy, Dante Alighieri ranks 1After him are Virgil (-70), Petrarch (1304), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Ovid (-43), Horace (-65), Giacomo Casanova (1725), Umberto Eco (1932), Giorgio Vasari (1511), Cato the Elder (-243), Plautus (-254), and Carlo Collodi (1826).