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Durante degli Alighieri, better known as Dante, was a Human poet and writer from Italy on Earth during the middle ages. As one of the most important writers of European literature, he was best known for the fourteenth-century epic poem La Divina Commedia or The Divine Comedy. The first part of the Divine Comedy, Inferno– which describes Dante's journey through Hell– was on Khan Noonien Singh's bookshelf while on Ceti Alpha V. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan).

Captain Kathryn Janeway also had a copy of this book, given to her by her fiancé Mark Johnson as an engagement gift. The only person to whom she had ever lent it, Chakotay, once quoted the opening line to her. (VOY: "Shattered")

Dante also wrote a book of verse around 1293 entitled La Vita Nuova or The New Life. Kathryn Janeway was reading a translation of that book in 2375 while helping The Doctor cope with an ethical conflict. (VOY: "Latent Image")

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