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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 7,353,029 page views. His biography is available in 182 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 177 in 2019). Dante Alighieri is the 3rd most popular writer (down from 2nd in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Italy (up from 9th in 2019) and the most popular 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 3 out of 5,755Before him are Homer and William Shakespeare. After him are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, J. R. R. Tolkien, Hans Christian Andersen, Voltaire, Edgar Allan Poe, Sophocles, Leo Tolstoy, and Franz Kafka.

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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, Ramon Muntaner, Lucia, Countess of Tripoli, María de Molina, and Andrew Moray. 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 8 out of 4,668Before him are Marco Polo (1254), Galileo Galilei (1564), Christopher Columbus (1451), Julius Caesar (-100), Archimedes (-287), and Michelangelo (1475). After him are Augustus (-63), Raphael (1483), Antonio Vivaldi (1678), Niccolò Machiavelli (1469), Thomas Aquinas (1225), and Benito Mussolini (1883).

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