The Secret History of Dante
Born in Blood
Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 in the region we know today as Tuscany. We know little about the ancient Etruscan civilization which lent its name to Tuscany because the Etruscans were all but wiped out by the Romans.1
It is known, however, that an Etruscan town once stood on the hill where today Fiesole overlooks Florence. According to legend, it was in 72 b.c., after Julius Caesar had crushed the Etruscans in battle in a lovely valley full of lilies, that the town...