Dante Alighieri (c.1265-1321) was a medieval Florentine poet, famous the Divine Comedy. The poem describes Dante's journey through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven, accompanied by the Roman poet Virgil, and is one of the world's most important and influential literary masterpieces. It can be read in English, side-by-side with the Italian, at the World of Dante.
Virgil (70-09 B.C.) was a Roman poet, the author of an epic poem, the Aeneid, which describes the journey of Aeneas, survivor of the Trojan War and founder of the empire of Rome, on his way back from Troy to Italy. Virgil also wrote the Eclogues and the Georgics.