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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
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Marc Bizer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731565.003.0004

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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