me reckoning in the first 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, he says, écrivait à Rotterdam currente calamo pour son libraire) for having been right, declaring that he esteems him neither more nor less for haans call him divine; but it is a hidden divinity; few people understand his oracles.
He has commentators, which, perhaps, is another reason for his not being understood.
His reputation will go on increasing, because scarce anybody reads him.
Dict. Phil., art. Dante. To Father Bettinelli he writes: I estimate highly the courage with which you have dared to say that Dante was a madman and his work a monster.
But he adds, what shows that Dante had his admirers even in that flippant century: