- HISTORY 211 Dante's Dissatisfactions Terms The Philosopher o Aristotle had no peer Dante Alighieri 1321 o Atypical urban elite o Came from

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HISTORY 211 Dante’s Dissatisfactions 3/25/08 Terms The Philosopher o Aristotle had no peer Dante Alighieri (+1321) o Atypical urban elite o Came from Florence from big time family which had fallen into poverty o Boniface VIII withdrew support from White Guelphs and gave it to Blacks just as Dante got an office; he was exiled o Had time to focus on that novel he was going to write (you know, the one with the compelling plot? Friends become enemies, enemies become friends, everyone’s the better for it?) White Guelphs o Dante’s family aligned with these o More old-fashioned than Black Guelphs, but held together by political/clan ties, not ideology Vernacular o Dante is a reflection of urban elite’s confidence in using vernacular to write in o Our language is just as good as Latin o Italian government ended up later picking Tuscan vernacular as official language because Dante wrote in it Divine Comedy o “Divine” wasn’t added until 17 th century o On par with summae, but people who could read Summa Theologica, for
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course HIST 211 taught by Professor Squatriti during the Winter '07 term at University of Michigan.

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- HISTORY 211 Dante's Dissatisfactions Terms The Philosopher o Aristotle had no peer Dante Alighieri 1321 o Atypical urban elite o Came from

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