Babelon, Ernest
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French numismatist and archaeologist. Born 7. 11. 1854 in Sarrey, died 3. 1. 1924 in Paris. 1874–1878 trained as an archivist. 1878 appointed to the Cabinet des médailles of the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris, becoming its assistant director in 1890, then director in 1892. 1908 President of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres. Lecturer (from 1902), then prof. (from 1908) at the Collège de France.

Background, work and influence

After beginning as a medievalist, B. became one of the leading s…

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Schubert, Helmut, “Babelon, Ernest”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 21 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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