Why does Ray Bradbury refer to Dante in his book Fahrenheit 451?

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Dante wrote perhaps the greatest science fiction work of all-time, The Divine Comedy, in which the first part, The Inferno, shows the narrator's descent into hell.

Like Dante's Inferno, Fahrenheit 451 is a science-fiction dystopian work that satirizes a society suffering from political and artistic hypocrisy.  Also, "fire" is a leif-motif in both works.  Fire can symbolize both a burning desire for knowledge and the massive destruction of it.

Montag is akin to Dante, and Faber is much like Dante's muse Virgil.  So, there's also the green, reluctant knight acting on the guidance of a more experienced artist.