The reputation of Denis Lambin as a scholarly commentator on the texts of Lucretius, Horace, and Cicero is well known to students of the French Renaissance, but his social activities, his relation to contemporary literary groups, and especially his critical opinions as expressed in his numerous orationes have not been adequately explored. As a Hellenist, Lambin was not the equal of Budè, Turnèbe, or Henri Estienne, but as a Latinist, his erudition was recognized by Joseph Scaliger and confirmed by the modern editor of Lucretius, Munro.
Like Postel, Lambin was of rather humble origin. His father, Nicolas Lambin, was a locksmith. After prehminary studies at Montreuil-surmer where he received the tonsure, he left for Paris at the age of fifteen. As he tells us himself, he began Greek at this time.