holesale and retail tradesmen.
The grandi continuing turbulent, many of the lesser nobility, among them Dante, drew over to the side of the citizens, and between 1297 and 1300 there is found inscribed in the book of the physicians and apothecaries, Dante d'aldighiero, degli Aldighieri, poeta Fiorentino.
Balbo, Vita di Dante, cts.
Convito, B. IV.
C. XXII. Underlying Dante the metaphysician, statesman, and theologian, was always Dante the poet,
It is remarkable that when Dante, in 1297, as a preliminary condition to active politics, enrolled himself in the guild of physicians and apothecaries, he is qualified only with the title poeta. The arms oanishment.
Boccaccio indeed says that he did not return to Italy till 1311.
Wegele (Dante's Leben und Werke, p. 85) puts the date of his journey between 1292 and 1297.
Ozanam, with a pathos comicallytouchingto the academic soul, laments that poverty compelled him to leave the university without the degree he had so justly earne