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Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
is best known for his epic poem, La Commedia (Divine Comedy), which was written from 1300 to 1321. The poem's main theme is life after death, and Dante himself is the chief character. It is divided into three main sections -- the Inferno (Hell), the Purgatorio (Purgatory), and the Paradisio (Paradise).
Giovanni BoccacchioGiovanni Boccaccio
was one of the most versatile writers of his age, responsible for at least four major long poems, two novels, and numerous works on Dante, but is best remembered for the novel Decameron, a series of one hundred tales told by people trying to survive an epidemic of bubonic plague in Medieval Naples.
Ludovico AriostoLudovico Ariosto
wrote five comedies and seven satires in his lifetime, but is best known for the epic poem Orlando Furioso, whose plot revolves around the conflict of Christian versus Moor, specifically the war between Charles, the Holy Roman Emperor, Agramante, King of North Africa, and Marsilio, King of Spain.

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