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Homer and the Politics of Authority in Renaissance France$
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Marc Bizer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731565.001.0001

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Jean Dorat

Jean Dorat

Toward an Official French Homeric Idiom

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Homer and the Politics of Authority in Renaissance France

Marc Bizer

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes how Guillaume Budé’s interpretive work was continued by Dorat, who not only provided a coherent framework for Homeric exegesis, but helped chart a course toward realizing an Homeric monarchy by training his students, who eventually formed the Pléiade group of poets, to sing the praises of the court in Homeric terms. He also helped construct a pictorial Homeric book of kingship, Fontainebleau’s Ulysses Gallery, a systematic affirmation of the king’s sovereignty as the embodiment of piety and prudence.

Keywords:   humanism, Homer, Odyssey, Odysseus, Jean Dorat, mythologicum, Pléiade, Mural painting and decoration – France – Fontainebleau, Francesco Primaticcio

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