Homer and the War of Words

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

Homer and the War of Words

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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

Chapter.  14268 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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