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"Dedicating Homer, or the Metamorphoses of Chapman's 'Absolute man'"

Abstract : This paper shows how George Chapman tends to define his conception of what he calls, in Bussy D’Ambois, the “absolute man,” through the dedications of several of his works, mainly his translations of Homer. From 1598- 1616, different instalments of the Iliads and Odysseys are dedicated to different patrons: Essex, Prince Henry, and Somerset, who sometimes are also the dedicatees of other poems. But his Homer dedications offer one of the best insights into his conception of the true hero of “matchless vertues,” of authentic noblesse that was enduringly exemplified by the beacon of light that the young heir to the throne represented for someone like Chapman and others. A detour by the French tragedies will help explain the odd presence of Somerset in this list in 1616 as well as better understand Chapman’s idea of the “absolute man.”
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Gilles Bertheau. "Dedicating Homer, or the Metamorphoses of Chapman's 'Absolute man'". RSA Annual meeting, Renaissance Society of America, Apr 2005, Cambridge, United Kingdom. ⟨halshs-01374812⟩



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