An Introduction to the Study of Dante
by John Addington Symonds (9781458811851)

An Introduction to the Study of Dante
John Addington Symonds
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 68
Category: Medieval
Publisher: General Books
ISBN: 9781458811851
ISBN-10: 1458811859

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. DANTE'S LIFE BEFORE EXILE. (i.) Birth and Ancestry of Dante (ii.) His Education under Brunetto Latini (iii.) His first Meeting with Beatrice (iv.) The textit{Vita Nuova (v.) Dante's Studies after the Death of Beatrice: his gradual Idealization of her (vi.) The Beginning of Discord in Florence: Dante's Priorate, Marriage, Military Service: the Confusion of political and private Quarrels: Dante's political Idealism. ' . Dante or, as he was christened, Durante the son of Aldighiero and Bella Alighieri, was born at Florence, in May, 1265. Of his ancestors thus much is evident through the mists of a very nebulous antiquity that they were noble among the citizens of Florence, and that their primitive name was not Alighieri, but Elisei. Tradition differs about the origin of the Elisei. Some of Dante'stextit{Dante's Ancestry. 31 It is singular that Durante, the enduring one, and Alighieri, the wing- bearer, should have been the two names of this poet who, having borne in his lifetime the strokes and buffets of fortune, after death has lasted through all time, and who, of all the singers of the world, has soared the highest. biographers trace them to the Roman colonists of Florence in the time of Julius Caesar. Others, and these are the majority, derive them from one Eliseo, of the noble Roman house of Frangipani, or bread-breakers so called by reason of some eminent act of public charity who is said to have settled at Florence in the days of Charlemagne, or soon after. In any case the Elisei were noble in Florence, possessing castles in the country round, and towered houses in the city. They dwelt within the old pomcerium in the Via degli Speziali, near the Mercato Vecchio: this in itself was a sign of ancient and noble blood. Our most interesting and...

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