"But of the good to treat, which there I found "

Bust of Virgil
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(Canto 1, line 8)

"The good" refers to being saved by the Roman poet Virgil (70-19 BC), sent to succour him by the heavens. "The other things" in the next line refers to being threatened by the three beasts he meets on his way. Virgil was Dante's most important poetic source of inspiration, and his influence on the "Comedy" is very great: the "Comedy" repeatedly draws on material found in Virgil's "The Aeneid".