Alighieri was born in Florence, Italy in May or June of 1265 A.D.
At the age of 20, he married Gemma di Manetto Donati, who bore him
three, perhaps four, sons.
Dante's early studies included rhetoric, grammar, philosophy, literature
and theology. He was a disciple of Brunetto Latini, who strongly influenced
his cultural growth, and had many friends among the Stilnovo Poets
of the Stilnovo Poetical School.
After becoming a Priore(governor) in 1300, Dante unsuccessfully opposed
the edicts of Pope Bonifacio VIII and, after refusing to pay a fine,
was sentenced to death. Leaving of his own power, Dante wandered many
Italian courts, never to return to Florence.
Dante Alighieri died in 1321 in Ravenna and is buried in San Pier