Famous French Philologists

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Jean-François Champollion
(French Historian, Linguist and Founder of the Scientific 'Egyptology')
Jean-François Champollion
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Birthdate: December 23, 1790
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Figeac, France
Died: March 4, 1832

Jean-François Champollion was a French orientalist, philologist, and scholar. A founding figure of Egyptology, Champollion is credited with deciphering the Egyptian hieroglyphs, which paved the way for several research and studies in the field of Egyptology. Not surprisingly, Champollion is often referred to as the Founder and Father of Egyptology.  

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Georges Dumézil
(Philologist)
Georges Dumézil
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Birthdate: March 4, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 11, 1986
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Louis Lucien Bonaparte
(Politician)
Louis Lucien Bonaparte
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Birthdate: January 4, 1813
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Thorngrove, England
Died: November 3, 1891
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Antoine Meillet
(French Linguist and Educator)
Antoine Meillet
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Birthdate: November 11, 1866
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moulins, France
Died: September 21, 1936
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Charles du Fresne, sieur du Cange
(Historian)
Charles du Fresne, sieur du Cange
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Birthdate: December 18, 1610
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amiens, France
Died: October 23, 1688

Charles du Fresne, sieur du Cange was a French historian, linguist, and philologist. He received training to be a lawyer and was admitted to the Paris bar in 1631. Following a successful legal career, he assumed the office of treasurer of France. He knew many languages and was also a distinguished historian of the Middle Ages and Byzantium. 

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Henri II Estienne
(French Classical Scholar and Printer)
Henri II Estienne
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Birthdate: 1528 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1598 AD
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Barbara Cassin
(Philologist)
Barbara Cassin
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Birthdate: October 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France
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Pierre Lacau
(Egyptologist)
Pierre Lacau
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Birthdate: November 25, 1873
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brie-Comte-Robert, France
Died: March 26, 1963
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Michel Bréal
(Philologist)
Michel Bréal
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Birthdate: March 26, 1832
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Landau, Germany
Died: November 25, 1915
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Gaston Paris
(Writer)
Gaston Paris
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Birthdate: August 9, 1839
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Avenay-Val-d'Or, France
Died: March 5, 1903
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Thomas Corneille
(Dramatist)
Thomas Corneille
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Birthdate: August 20, 1625
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: December 8, 1709
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Jean-Jacques Ampère
(Philologist)
Jean-Jacques Ampère
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Birthdate: August 12, 1800
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: March 27, 1864
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Henri Boudet
(Author)
Henri Boudet
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Birthdate: November 16, 1837
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Quillan, France
Died: March 30, 1915
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Franciscus Junius
(Scholar)
Franciscus Junius
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Birthdate: January 29, 1591
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
Died: November 19, 1677
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Michel Zink
(Philologist, University teacher)
Michel Zink
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Birthdate: May 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
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Gilles Ménage
(Scholar)
Gilles Ménage
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Birthdate: August 15, 1613
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Angers, France
Died: July 23, 1692
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Ioannis Psycharis
(Philologist)
Ioannis Psycharis
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Birthdate: May 15, 1854
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
Died: September 29, 1929
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André Lemaire
(Historian)
André Lemaire
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Birthdate: 1942 AD
Birthplace: France
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Paul Meyer
(Philologist)
Paul Meyer
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Birthdate: January 17, 1840
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 7, 1917
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Bon-Joseph Dacier
(Historian, Philologist)
Bon-Joseph Dacier
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Birthdate: April 1, 1742
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Valognes, France
Died: February 4, 1833
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Claude Charles Fauriel
(Scholar)
Claude Charles Fauriel
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Birthdate: October 21, 1772
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint-Étienne, France
Died: July 15, 1844
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Théophile Homolle
(Archaeologist, Philologists)
Théophile Homolle
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Birthdate: December 19, 1848
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 13, 1925
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Pierre Maraval
(Historian)
Pierre Maraval
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Birthdate: August 31, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Roquecourbe, France
Died: March 6, 2021
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Jehan Desanges
(Historian)
Jehan Desanges
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Birthdate: January 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: March 25, 2021
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Jean-Baptiste de La Curne de Sainte-Palaye
(Historian)
Jean-Baptiste de La Curne de Sainte-Palaye
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Birthdate: June 16, 1697
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Auxerre, France
Died: March 1, 1781
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Arsène Darmesteter
(Philologist)
Arsène Darmesteter
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Birthdate: January 5, 1846
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Château-Salins, France
Died: November 16, 1888