"To put it most broadly, the subtlety and sophistication of Bizer's analysis of Homer in the French Renaissance make the humanist ideal of imitatio come well and truly alive. That is a rare accomplishment." --H-France Review
"Humanist readers of Homer saw his epic works as important sources of wisdom. Marc Bizer's compelling study focuses on Homer's political messages on some of the main issues in Renaissance France: the legitimacy of monarchy, nationalism, political propaganda. The result is an original and fruitful approach to the reception of Homer." --Philip Ford, University of Cambridge
"Marc Bizer's learned and original book weaves a fascinating story: that of Homer's central role in political debate during the French Renaissance and Wars of Religion. His interdisciplinary analysis sheds a brilliant new light on the ways in which scholars and statesmen, poets and artists, Catholics and Huguenots used, appropriated and finally tried to free themselves from the creator of epic poetry. No one has written more insightfully about the politics of the classical tradition in the first modern heyday of European classicism." --Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
"Skillfully guides the reader on a journey that elucidates the intricate interweaving of humanist readings of ancient texts and their parallels in political practice... Bizer has produced a significant study in literary reception." --Renaissance Quarterly
"Bizer's great virtue lies in how he sees interpretative cruxes and engagement with Homer's texts as actively participating in a wider conversation regarding forms of governance. His reading of the much scrutinized interplay around questions of governance between Montaigne's Essays and the work of his dead friend, La Boétie, makes an entirely original and compelling contribution to understanding their famously connected writings." --George Hoffmann, University of Michigan
"A compelling argument regarding the reception of Homer in sixteenth-century France...an important contribution to the field of Classical reception studies as part of a dialogue with specialists...overall the book is informative and offers a thought-provoking take on the capacity of Homer to exert influence on political action in sixteenth-century France."--Classical Journal
Marc Bizer is Associate Professor of French Literature, University of Texas at Austin.