Filippo Argenti

Filippo Argenti

Fra Filippo Argenti (13th century), a citizen of Florence, was a member of the Cavicciuoli branch of the Adimari family. The Adimari family were part of the Black Guelph political faction. Filippo is reputed to have received the nickname "Argenti" by having his horse shoed with silver.

Filippo Argenti appears as a character in the fifth circle of Hell in the Inferno, the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy. Filippo is among the wrathful in the river Styx, and accosts Dante as the latter crosses the Styx. Early commentators recount various incidents to explain the antipathy between Dante and Filippo:

  1. Filippo once slapped Dante,
  2. Filippo's brother had taken Dante's possessions after Dante's exile from Florence,
  3. Filippo's family had opposed Dante's return from exile.

Filippo's children were: Giovanni Argenti & Salvatore Argenti. Salvatore travelled to Spain and first was established in Barcelona and his descendents in Valencia, where his grandson Salvatore was established in the small village of Navarres.

Filippo is then torn into pieces by the other wrathful in the river Styx after this encounter with Dante and Virgil.

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