Dante Alighieri , probably baptized Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri and often referred to simply as Dante , was an Italian poet. His Divine Comedy, originally called and later christened by Giovanni Boccaccio, is widely considered the most important poem of the Middle Ages and the greatest literary work in the Italian language.
The Divine Comedy, a defining work of religious literature for the Renaissance time period. In Pilgrim’s exploration through the Inferno, Purgatory, and Heaven, Dante takes readers on a religious journey of the soul as defined by the Renaissance era. In doing so, his work also displayed the dominant views of the culture and organized religion for that time period. Moreover, The Divine Comedy demonstrates for students the numerous new ideas which originated during the Renaissance, as well as how the time period influenced Catholicism.