While Dante Alighieri’s long gone, his familial and cultural legacy still lives on. One of his descendants do winery whilst another does astronomy (ala Galileo Galilei). He’s a celebrated poet who deserves much of the praise especially when it comes to popularising and refining the Italian language as we know it.
Even if it’s detrimental to others whether if it’s other dialects or stuff like Sardinian (which is said to be the closest to Latin). Other men like Petrarch and Niccolo Machiavelli also helped popularise it. The Divine Comedy is his best known work which has been adapted many times over. It shouldn’t be surprising if a tangentially related comic strip was named after it (it’s a thing in the Philippines) in addition to Italian culture centres named in his honour in Manila.