Champollion, Jean-François
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Called Champollion le Jeune; French Egyptologist. Born 23. 12. 1790 in Figeac (département Lot), died Paris 4. 3. 1832. 1804–1807 Lycée in Grenoble; 1807–1809 studied languages in Paris. 1809 Professeur adjoint d’histoire ancienne in Grenoble; 1826 conservator at the Louvre. 1828/29 expedition to Egypt with Ippolito Rosellini; 1831 chair of archaeology created for C. at Collège de France, Paris.


C. largely owed his career to his brother Jacques-Joseph C.-Figeac, twelve years his se…

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Schenkel, Wolfgang, “Champollion, Jean-François”, 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 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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