"...for he who rests on down
or under covers cannot come to fame;
and he who spends his life without renown
leaves such a vestige of himself on earth
as smoke bequeaths to air or foam to water."

- from INFERNO

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Dante 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 Maggiore's Church.
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