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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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Homer and the War of Words

Homer and the War of Words

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Homer and the Politics of Authority in Renaissance France

Marc Bizer

Oxford University Press

This chapter demonstrates how the Catholic Burgundian parliamentarian Jean Begat used Homer to justify the idea of a single ruler whose subjects practice only one religion, later quoting Homer in ancient Greek to silence a Huguenot adversary whose arguments rely entirely on Scripture; the Greek poet was, at the time, very much an instrument of Catholic thought. That would not hold for long: French Huguenots, whose religious practices were in large measure the fruit of humanist techniques of reading, quickly became passionate editors and interpreters of the Greek poet.

Keywords:   humanism, Homer, Huguenot, religious tolerance France, reformation France, political participation France Dijon history

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