JACQUES AMYOT (1513- 1 593), French writer, was born of poor parents, at Melun, on the 30th of October 1513.
Montaigne said of him,"I give the palm to Jacques Amyot over all our French writers, not only for the simplicity and purity of his language in which he surpasses all others, nor for his constancy to so long an undertaking, nor for his profound learning.
It was indeed to Plutarch that Amyot devoted his attention.
Amyot took great pains to find and interpret correctly the best authorities, but the interest of his books to-day lies in the style.
There is a good edition of the works of Amyot from the firm of Didot (25 vols., 1818-1821).
See also Auguste de Blignieres, Essai sur Amyot et les traducteurs francais au xvi e siecle (Paris, 1851).
His favourite author was beyond all doubt Plutarch, and his own explicit confession makes it undeniable that Plutarch's translator, Jacques Amyot, was his master in point of vocabulary and (so far as he took any lessons in it) of style.