t company where he with proud humility took the sixth place.
Inferno, IV. 102.
Dante (Durante, by contraction Dante) degli Alighieri was born at Florence in 1265, probably during the month of May.
The Nouvelle Biographie Generale gives May 8 as his birthday.
This is a mere assumption, for Boccaccio only says generally Mfirst note of his Commentary (Bocc.
Comento, etc., Firenze, 1844, Vol.
I. pp. 32, 33). Leonardo Aretino and Manetti add their testimony to that of Boccaccio, and 1265 is now universally assumed as the true date.
Dict. Phil., art. Dante. nevertheless, places the poet's birth in 1260, and jauntily forgives Bayle (who
In order to fix more precisely in the mind the place of Dante in relation to the history of thought, literature, and events, we subjoin a few dates: Dante born, 1265; end of Crusades, death of St. Louis, 1270; Aquinas died, 1274; Bonaventura died, 1274; Giotto born, 1276; Albertus Magnus died, 1280; Sicilian vespers, 1282; deat