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 La divina commedia

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Author(s): de Ventura, Paolo
Commedia; Commedìa; Comedia‘The divine comedy’, ‘The comedy’ Dante Alighieri Date: Between 1304 and 1321 Original Language: (Florentine vernacular) Italian Description The Commedia (it is only called ‘divine’ from the 1555 Venetian edition by Lodovico Dolce) is a poem whose structural organization reflects the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, with three canticles ( Hell, Purgatory and Paradise), 33 canti in each canticle, plus the proem at the beginning, making 100 canti in all. Each canto is composed in tercets of three lines, each made up of 11 sylla…

Dante Alighieri

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Author(s): de Ventura, Paolo
Dante Date of Birth: May/June 1265 Place of Birth: Florence Date of Death: 14 September 1321 Place of Death: Ravenna Biography Dante was born in Florence in 1265. As a young man he was a member of the Guild of Doctors and Apothecaries, and he also took an active part in the public life of the city. In 1289, he was among the cavalry at the battle of Campaldino, and possibly the battle of Caprona. Between 1295 and 1297, he was a member of the Council to the Captain of the People, and the Council of the Hundred, before…