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The Banquet (Il Convito)
Dante Alighieri, or simply Dante (1265-1321), was an Italian poet from Florence. His central work, the Divina Commedia (c1320) (originally called "Commedia" and later called "Divina" by Boccaccio hence "Divina Commedia" or the Divine Comedy), is considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature. Dante wrote the Div ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 23rd 2009 by Dodo Press
(first published 1307)
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Sep 26, 2014 Alan rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Very clear prose, hardly seems medieval. This includes some of Dante's bitterness at political exile from Florence. What shocked me as I aloudread this during my morning walks--I can recall exactly what nameless river I followed as I read this "fact"-- was that Maria, mater Dei, was thirteen when Christ was born. No wonder Joseph was disappointed in her pregnancy prior to their coming together.
Dante Alighieri, or simply Dante (May 14/June 13 1265 – September 13/14, 1321), is one of the greatest poets in the Italian language; with the comic story-teller Boccaccio and the poet Petrarch, he forms the classic trio of Italian authors. Dante Alighieri was born in the city-state Florence in 1265. He first saw the woman, or rather the child, who was to become the poetic love of his life when he ...moreMore about Dante Alighieri...