Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Dante Alighieri
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A. Life and work

The Italian poet, scholar, and diplomat D. was born in May or June 1265 at Florence into a family of the urban nobility that proclaimed its descent from the 'holy seed' of an ancient Roman gens (Dante, Inf. 15,73–78). D. extolled as his ancestor Cacciaguida, knighted as a hero of the faith by King Conrad III in the 12th cent. (Dante, Par. 15,16). D. died on September 13/14, 1321 while taking part in an embassy to Ravenna.

Orphaned at a young age, D. was only with difficulty able to maintain his rank as a nobleman. He probably received his first schooling …

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Wolfzettel, Friedrich (Frankfurt am Main), “Dante Alighieri”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 20 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004827>
First published online: 2015



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