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Dante was an Italian Renaissance poet, the author of The Divine Comedy, considered to be one of the greatest literary works of all time. At the time that he wrote the book, nearly all published poetry was written in Latin. However, Dante decided to write the work in Italian, and gathered together all of the different Italian dialects, choosing the most beautiful words. Thus, he is also credited with being the single most influential creator of the modern Italian language.
|Full Name||Durante degli Alighieri|
|Birth Date||spring of 1265|
|Death Date||September 13, 1321|
|Cause of Death||possibly malaria|
|Father||Alighiero di Bellincione|
|Spouse||Gemma di Manetto Donati|