Famous Italian Poets

Have you ever fancied writing a piece of poetry? If yes, then you would know that penning rhythmic works that have a great amount of aesthetic value to them can be so difficult. Poetry is a window of life that takes readers on to a fanciful journey, sometimes awakening the soul and on other occasions giving it some food for thought. Whatever the case may be, poems through their minimal use of words, help readers delve deeper into the meaning of life. Italy is considered to be the cultural paradise of the world. Artists and writers have prospered and propelled in Italy. Italy has had a stockpile of famous poets who, with their rhythm and rhyme, penned poetic masterpieces on different aspects of life such as ature, romance and even problem plaguing the society. Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divina Commedia’ was one of the pinnacles of Middle Ages literature. Francesco Petrarca’s magnum opus came with his collection of 366 poems called ‘Canzoniere’. Giacomo Leopardi’s ‘Canti’ and ‘Operette morali’ became one of the most famous poems of Italian literary history. Matteo Maria Boiardo is a world renowned Italian poet for his epic poem ‘Orlando innamorato’. Read on to more about Italian poets who have earned unparalleled name and an irreplaceable status in the world map, all thanks to their insurmountable contribution in poetry.

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 1 Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1265 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: September 14, 1321

Dante Alighieri was an Italian writer, poet, and philosopher. His work Divine Comedy is widely regarded as the greatest literary work ever produced in the Italian language and the most prominent poem of the Middle Ages. Often referred to as the father of the Italian language, Dante Alighieri played a crucial role in establishing the Italian literature.

 2 Michelangelo

Michelangelo
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: March 6, 1475
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caprese Michelangelo, Italy
Died: February 18, 1564

Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet Michelangelo was a prominent figure of the High Renaissance. He is credited to have influenced the Western art in unprecedented ways. He is widely regarded as the greatest artist of his age and one of the greatest artists of all time. He was equally revered and respected as an architect.

 3 Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: March 5, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bologna, Kingdom of Italy
Died: November 2, 1975

Noted film director and actor Pier Paolo Pasolini had already gained fame as a poet and author before stepping into the entertainment industry. The openly gay filmmaker was known for his usage of non-professional actors and themes of sexuality. His brutal murder remains to be a controversial topic.

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 4 Ovid

Ovid
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 20, 0043
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sulmo, Italy, Roman Republic
Died: 0017 AD

Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso, better known as Ovid, lived during the rule of Augustus. He is held at par with Latin legends Virgil and Horace. Remembered for his mythological masterpiece the Metamorphoses, a 15-book Latin poem, he spent his final years exiled in a city on the Black Sea.

 5 Francesco Petrarch

Francesco Petrarch
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Famous As: Poet, Scholar and Humanist
Birthdate: July 20, 1304
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
Died: July 19, 1374
Legendary Renaissance poet and the father of humanism Petrarch is remembered for his poems addressed to a certain Laura. While his lawyer father pushed him into studying law, Petrarch’s love for literature made him quit the domain after 7 years, following which he focused on writing. 

 6 Giordano Bruno

Giordano Bruno
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Famous As: Philosopher & Mathematician Known For His Cosmological Theories
Birthdate: January 31, 1548
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nola, Italy
Died: February 17, 1600

Giordano Bruno was an Italian philosopher, friar, mathematician, cosmological theorist, poet, and Hermetic occultist. Best remembered for his cosmological theories, Bruno insisted that the universe could have no center as it is infinite. In 2004, Herbert Steffen founded the Giordano Bruno Foundation in Bruno's honor.

 7 Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio
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Famous As: Writer, Poet
Birthdate: June 16, 1313
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Certaldo, Italy
Died: September 21, 1375

Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian poet, writer, and correspondent of Petrarch. An important Renaissance humanist, Boccaccio was also one of the most prominent personalities of 14th-century European literature. A versatile writer, Giovanni Boccaccio is often viewed as the most important European prose writer of his generation. His works influenced popular personalities like Geoffrey Chaucer and Miguel de Cervantes.

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 8 Julius Evola

Julius Evola
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: May 19, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: June 11, 1974

Julius Evola was an Italian poet, philosopher, painter, esotericist, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, and occultist. Evola is extremely popular in fringe circles due to his supernatural, magical, and metaphysical beliefs. Due to his traditionalist views on gender, which advocated a purely patriarchal society, Evola is regarded as one of Italy’s most influential fascist racists of all time.

 9 Gabriele D'Annunzio

Gabriele D'Annunzio
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 12, 1863
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pescara, Kingdom of Italy
Died: March 1, 1938

Known for literary works like Il Piacere and La Gioconda, Italian journalist, poet and playwright Gabriele D'Annunzio dominated the second period of Italian Decadentism. He became a national war hero during the First World War. His political endeavours include establishing and leading the short-lived Italian Regency of Carnaro in Fiume. He is often described as the forerunner of Italian fascism.  

 10 Luigi Pirandello

Luigi Pirandello
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: June 28, 1867
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Agrigento, Italy
Died: December 10, 1936

Luigi Pirandello was an Italian novelist, short story writer, poet, and dramatist. Best remembered for his plays, Pirandello was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1934. An Italian nationalist, Pirandello supported Fascism; he asked the Fascist government to melt down his Nobel Prize medal for the Abyssinia Campaign.

 11 Christine de Pizan

Christine de Pizan
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1364 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1430 AD
Christine de Pizan took up writing at 25, primarily to support her three children following her husband’s death. Starting with ballads, she later narrated the heroics of women in masterpieces such as The Book of the City of Ladies. She was also a court poet of French king Charles VI.

 12 Veronica Franco

Veronica Franco
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Famous As: Courtesan, Poet
Birthdate: March 25, 1546
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: July 22, 1591

A significant Venetian figure, Veronica Franco wasn’t an ordinary courtesan but was educated and a talented poet, too. She defended herself successfully against charges of witchcraft. Born to a courtesan, she was married to a doctor briefly and later became a sex worker to sustain herself and her children.

 13 Juvenal

Juvenal
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0055 AD
Birthplace: Aquino, Italy
Died: 0127 AD

First-century Roman poet Juvenal is remembered for his iconic work Satires. From the sparse information available about him from the accounts of Martial, it is believed Juvenal was banished from emperor Domitian’s court for writing a satire on his administration. He later returned to Rome from his exile in Egypt.

 14 Giacomo Leopardi

Giacomo Leopardi
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: June 29, 1798
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Recanati, Italy
Died: June 14, 1837

Giacomo Leopardi was one of the greatest lyric poets of the 19th century. Born into a noble family, he mastered several languages and wrote many works by 16, in spite of suffering from a cerebrospinal ailment. Remembered for his iconic works such as A Silvia, he died during a cholera epidemic.

 15 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: December 2, 1944

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti was an Italian poet, art theorist, and editor. He is credited with founding the Futurist movement and is remembered for his work Manifesto of Futurism. In 1918, he founded a political party called Futurist Political Party as an extension of the social and futurist artistic movement. The party merged with the Italian Fasces of Combat in 1919.

 16 Baldassare Castiglione

Baldassare Castiglione
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: December 6, 1478
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Casatico, Italy
Died: February 2, 1529

 17 Vasco Rossi

Vasco Rossi
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zocca, Italy

 18 Francesco Redi

Francesco Redi
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Famous As: Physician, naturalist, biologist and poet
Birthdate: February 18, 1626
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
Died: March 1, 1697

Called the founder of experimental biology and father of modern parasitology, Italian physician, biologist, naturalist and poet Francesco Redi did the first major experiment to challenge spontaneous generation. His book Esperienze intorno alla generazione degl'insetti includes most of his famous experiments, while his poem book Bacco in Toscana is counted among the finest works of 17th-century Italian poetry.   

 19 Cesare Pavese

Cesare Pavese
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Famous As: A Very Influential Italian Novelist, Poet and Short story writer
Birthdate: September 9, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santo Stefano Belbo, Italy
Died: August 27, 1950

Italian author Cesare Pavese is remembered for his themes of gloom and loneliness and for his protagonists who were often loners. His prolonged fight with fascists and the failure of his affair with actor Constance Dowling led him to commit suicide by consuming sleeping pills in a Turin hotel.

 20 Gaius Maecenas

Gaius Maecenas
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 15, 0068
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Arezzo
Died: 0008 BC

 21 Torquato Tasso

Torquato Tasso
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 11, 1544
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sorrento, Italy
Died: April 25, 1595

Torquato Tasso was a 16th-century Italian poet. He is best remembered for his poem Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered). The son of a prominent poet, Tasso grew up to be a brilliant young man. Even though his father wanted him to become a lawyer, he decided to become a poet and achieved considerable fame. His poems were widely translated. 

 22 Giambattista Basile

Giambattista Basile
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 31, 1566
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Giugliano in Campania, Italy
Died: January 31, 1632

 23 Ludovico Ariosto

Ludovico Ariosto
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 8, 1474
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reggio Emilia, Italy
Died: July 6, 1533

Ludovico Ariosto was an Italian poet best remembered for authoring the epic poem Orlando Furioso, which describes the adventures of Orlando, Charlemagne, and the Franks. Ariosto is also credited with coining the term humanism, which is among the most commonly used words by modern philosophers.

 24 Giacomo Balla

Giacomo Balla
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 18, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: March 1, 1958

 25 Lorenzo Da Ponte

Lorenzo Da Ponte
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Famous As: Former poet and librettist best known for his collaboration with Mozart
Birthdate: March 10, 1749
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vittorio Veneto, Italy
Died: August 17, 1838

 26 Pietro Aretino

Pietro Aretino
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Famous As: Poet, Writer, Playwright, Journalist
Birthdate: April 19, 1492
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Arezzo
Died: October 21, 1556

Pietro Aretino was an Italian author, poet, satirist, and playwright. He wielded influence on contemporary politics and art. An outspoken critic, Aretino was one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. A self-proclaimed sodomite, Pietro Aretino was involved in romantic relationships with men, which was uncommon at that time.

 27 Vittoria Colonna

Vittoria Colonna
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 31, 1492
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Marino, Italy
Died: February 25, 1547

 28 Marsilio Ficino

Marsilio Ficino
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Famous As: Philosopher, Writer, Cleric, Astrologer, Poet
Birthdate: October 19, 1433
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Figline Valdarno
Died: October 1, 1499

 29 Kuki Gallmann

Kuki Gallmann
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Treviso, Italy Treviso, Kingdom of Italy Italy

Born to Italian writer Cino Boccazzi, Kuki Gallmann later moved to Kenya with her husband and son, both of whom she lost in separate accidents. Taking up Kenyan citizenship, she focused on ecological conservation. He bestselling book I Dreamed Of Africa was later made into a movie.

 30 Tommaso Campanella

Tommaso Campanella
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 5, 1568
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stilo, Italy
Died: May 21, 1639

Tommaso Campanella was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, astrologer, and poet. His heterodox views often brought him into conflict with the authorities, and he was imprisoned for several years. In prison, he wrote The City of the Sun, a utopia describing an egalitarian theocratic society. He also defended astronomer Galileo Galilei in his first trial. 

 31 Totò

Totò
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 15, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rione Sanità, Naples, Italy
Died: April 15, 1967

 32 Maria Valtorta

Maria Valtorta
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 14, 1897
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caserta, Italy
Died: October 12, 1961

 33 Alessandro Manzoni

Alessandro Manzoni
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Famous As: Poet, Novelist and Philosopher.
Birthdate: March 7, 1785
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: May 22, 1873

Alessandro Manzoni was a 19th-century Italian poet, novelist, and philosopher. His novel The Betrothed is generally counted among the masterpieces of world literature. He is credited to have contributed to the stabilization of the modern Italian language. He was politically active and was a member of the Italian Senate. He was a proponent of Liberal Catholicism. 

 34 Dino Buzzati

Dino Buzzati
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belluno, Italy
Died: January 28, 1972

Dino Buzzati was an Italian novelist, writer, painter, and poet. He studied law at the University of Milan and embarked on a career as a journalist. He served in Africa, as a journalist, with the Regia Marina, during World War II. He began writing fiction in the 1930s and published several novels, plays, and short stories. 

 35 Girolamo Fracastoro

Girolamo Fracastoro
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Famous As: Physician, Poet
Birthdate: 1478 AD
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: August 6, 1553

Girolamo Fracastoro was an Italian poet, physician, and scholar in astronomy, geography and mathematics. He is credited with authoring a theory, which is regarded as a precursor to germ theory; his theory was influential for almost three centuries. He is also credited with inventing terms, such as syphilis. 

 36 Constanzo Beschi

Constanzo Beschi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 8, 1680
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy
Died: February 4, 1747

 37 Statius

Statius
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: 0045 AD
Birthplace: Naples
Died: 0096 AD

 38 Gemma Donati

Gemma Donati
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1267 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1333 AD

 39 Ennius

Ennius
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0239 BC
Birthplace: Rudiae, Italy
Died: 0169 BC

 40 Giuseppe Ungaretti

Giuseppe Ungaretti
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 8, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: June 2, 1970

Giuseppe Ungaretti was an Italian poet, essayist, journalist, academic, and critic. One of the most important contributors to Italian literature during the 20th century, Ungaretti was honored with the first Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1970. He is credited with popularizing hermetic poetry, a form of difficult and obscure poetry.

 41 Pietro Bembo

Pietro Bembo
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Famous As: Former Renaissance cardinal who wrote one of the earliest Italian grammars and assisted in establishing the Italian literary language
Birthdate: May 20, 1470
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: January 18, 1547

Pietro Bembo was an Italian scholar, poet, and literary theorist. He was also a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Knights Hospitaller, a Catholic military order. He played a key role in the development of the Tuscan dialect as a literary language. As a priest, he promoted the Christian perfection of Renaissance humanism. 

 42 Giosuè Carducci

Giosuè Carducci
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Famous As: Poet, Writer and Journalist
Birthdate: July 27, 1835
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pietrasanta, Italy
Died: February 16, 1907

Giosuè Carducci was an Italian poet, literary critic, teacher, and writer. Widely regarded as the national poet of modern Italy, Carducci was a very influential figure. He became the first Italian to be honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1906. Carducci was also a translator and is responsible for translating some of Heine and Goethe into Italian.

 43 Salvatore Quasimodo

Salvatore Quasimodo
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Modica, Italy
Died: June 14, 1968
Nobel Prize-winning Italian poet Salvatore Quasimodo is best remembered for lyrical poetry. Known as a major figure of Hermeticism, he was also a member of the Italian Communist Party. While he had initially found work as an engineer at the Civil Engineering Corps, he later devoted himself to poetry. 

 44 Poliziano

Poliziano
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 14, 1454
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montepulciano, Italy
Died: September 29, 1494

 45 Paul the Deacon

Paul the Deacon
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Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: 0720 AD
Birthplace: Cividale del Friuli
Died: April 13, 0799

 46 Eugenio Montale

Eugenio Montale
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 12, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: September 12, 1981

 47 Elsa Morante

Elsa Morante
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 18, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 25, 1985

 48 Francesca Caccini

Francesca Caccini
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Famous As: Composer & Singer
Birthdate: September 18, 1587
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1641 AD

Francesca Caccini was an Italian composer, poet, lutenist, singer, and music teacher. She is best remembered for La liberazione di Ruggiero, her only surviving stage work, which is regarded as the oldest opera composed by a woman. Although little of her music has survived the test of time, Francesca Caccini was known to be a prolific composer.

 49 Giovanni Papini

Giovanni Papini
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 9, 1881
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: July 8, 1956

 50 Stesichorus

Stesichorus
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0630 AD
Birthplace: Mataurus, Italy
Died: 0555 AD