The man who journeyed through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, and lived to
tell the tale
A time line of Dante's life:
1265 - Born in Florence, Republic of
Florence (present-day Italy)
1277 - Dante meets Beatrice, his
lifelong love and muse."
1280 - Promised in marriage to Gemma
di Manetto Donati, daughter of Manetto Donati and member of the
powerful Donati family.
1282 - Dante meets Guido Cavalcanti,
lapo Gianni, Cino da Pistoia, and Brunetto Latini. Together they
become leaders of the dolce stil novo.
1285-1295 - Dante fathers three
children with his wife Gemma.., and possibly others with other women.
1289 - Fought with the Guelph cavalry
at the Battle of Campaldino (June 11, 1289), which brought about a
reformation of the Florentine constitution.
1290 - Beatrice dies, devastating
1295 - Enters the Physicians' and
Apothecaries Guild of Florence.
1302 - Dante is condemned to exile
from Florence. He moves to Rome and never returns to Florence. In June
2008, nearly 7 centuries later, the city council of Florence passed a
motion recindings Dante's sentence.
1308-1310 - Dante visits Paris, and
perhaps to Oxford.
1314 - Begins work on the Devine
1317 - Publishes Inferno.
1318 - Accepts an invitation from
Prince Guido Novello da Polenta to move to Revenna
1321 - Finishes Paradiso and dies. He
is buried in Revenna at the Church of San Pier Maggiore.
"Onorate l'altissimo poeta" ("Honor the most exalted poet").