Giosuè Carducci (1835-1907) was born in Val di Castello, a small town near Pisa. Son of a republican country doctor, Carducci spent his childhood in the wild Maremma region of southern Tuscany. He was early attracted to the Greek and Roman authors. He conscientiously studied the Italian classics as Dante, Tasso, and Alfieri.  At the age of twenty h...