Jean Dorat

Marc Bizer

in Homer and the Politics of Authority in Renaissance France

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731565
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918478 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

Jean Dorat

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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

Chapter.  7573 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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