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1903 Excerpt: ...and good paternal image, '"Of you, when in the
world, from hour to hour, You taught me how man makes himself
eternal; And how much I am grateful, while I live Behoves that in
my tongue should be discerned.'1 It seems impossible now to
discover what exactly 1 Inf. xv. 79-87. it is that lies behind
these lines. The view formerly CANTOS held that Brunetto Latini was
Dante's schoolmaster v8 or tutor, is now generally abandoned. Mr.
Toynbee declares it impossible, ' since he was about fifty-five
when Dante was born'; but there seems no great impossibility about
it when we remember that he lived till 1294, twenty-nine years
after the poet's birth. In any case, it is obvious that Dante held
him in the most grateful affection and reverence for having taught
him ' how man makes himself eternal, ' whether in the sense of
rising into the eternal spiritual life, or, more probably, of
gaining the lower eternity of fame. This teacher of Dante was one
of the best-known men of his day in Florence. By profession he was,
like Dante's father, a notary, and it is to this the title 'Ser'
refers.1 He took a promiuent part in public affairs, as ambassador,
secretary to the Florentine government, prior, and one of the
public orators of the city. 'His influence and authority with the
Florentines, ' says Toynbee, ' are attested by the fact that his
name appears in no less than thirty-five public documents (between
October 21, 1282, and July 22, 1292) as having been consulted by
the government on various important matters, and for the most part
it is recorded that his advice was followed.' Villani's notice of
his death is interesting as showing that he was regarded as the
teacher and guide, not of Dante alone, but of the whole city of
Florence: 'In the said year 1294 there died in ...
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