Perrault, Claude
(899 words)

French scientist and architect. Born Paris 25. 9. 1613, died there 9. 10. 1688. Brother of Charles Perrault. Studied medicine in Paris, doctorate there 1641. 1666 founder member of the Académie des sciences; 1667 member of the Petit conseil on the reconstruction of the Louvre, appointed by Jean Baptiste Colbert.

Work and influence

P.’s greatest contribution to classical studies was his translation of the ten books on architecture by Vitruvius [2]. This was the definitive French translation of its d…

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Sawilla, Jan Marco, “Perrault, Claude”, 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 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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