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Perrot, Georges

    Full Name: Perrot, Georges

    Other Names:

    • Georges Perrot

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 12 November 1832

    Date Died: 30 June 1914

    Place Born: Seine-et-Oise, France

    Place Died: Paris, Île-de-France, France

    Home Country/ies: France

    Subject Area(s): archaeology and Classical


    Classicist and archaeologist. He was born in Seine-et-Oise, France, though Bates says Villeneuve-Saint-Georges. Perrot attended the Charlemagne Lyceum and the Ecole Normale Supérieure. While on an expedition to Asia Minor in 1861 and 1862, he discovered a Greek translation of a document, the Monumentum Cyranum, the Greek version of the Index rerum gestarum divi Augusti, known as “The Political Testament of the Emperor Augustus.” He published his findings as Souvenirs d’un voyage en Asie mineur in 1863. It became a major find and set Perrot’s reputation. He was appointed professor of rhetoric at Angouleme in Orleans and the Lyceum of Louis le Grande between 1868 and 1870.In 1871 he was appointed a master at the Ecole Normale Supérieure where he had been a student. In 1874 [New York Times says 1878] Perrot was elected to the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres. Perrot was appointed to the Sorbonne in 1875. Beginning in 1882, he Charles Chipiez (1882-1914) issued their monumental Histoire de l’art dans l’antiquité. He left the Sorbonne to be director of the Ecole in 1888 [Bates say 1883]. At the École his teachings influenced the young Maxime Collignon. Perrot retired from the Ecole in 1904, serving as the permanent secretary at the Académie from 1904 until his death. Perrot became editor of the journal Revue archéologique.

    Selected Bibliography

    A history of art in Chaldæa & Assyria. Chipiez, Charles,; Armstrong, Walter, London, Chapman and Hall; New York, A.C. Armstrong and Son, 1884;A history of art in ancient Egypt, Chipiez, Charles,; Armstrong, Walter, London, Chapman and Hall, limited, 1883History of art in Sardinia, Judæa, Syria, and Asia Minor. Chipiez, Charles,; Gonino, I., London, Chapman and Hall; New York, A.C. Armstrong and Son, 1890History of art in Phoenicia and its dependencies, Chipiez, Charles,; Armstrong, Walter, London, Chapman and Hall, 1885History of art in Phrygia, Lydia, Caria, and Lycia. London, Chapman and Hall; New York, A.C. Armstrong and Son, 1892History of art in Persia; London, Chapman and Hall; New York, A.C. Armstrong and Son, 1892Histoire de l’art dans l’antiquité Paris, Hachette et Cie, 1882-1914History of art in primitive Greece; Mycenian art, London, Chapman and Hall, 1894Mélanges Perrot; recueil de mémoires concernant l’archéologie classique, la littérature et l’histoire anciennes, dedié à Georges Perrot … à l’occasion du 50e anniversaire de son entrée à l’École normale supérieure. Paris, A. Fontemoing, 1903 Praxitèle. Paris, H. Laurens 1904


    [obituaries:] “Death of M. G. Perrot.” Times (London) July 1, 1914, p. 7; “Noted Archaeologist Dies, Georges Perrot Was Secretary of the Academy of Inscriptions.” New York Times July 1, 1914, p. 22; H. N. F. “Georges Perrot.” American Journal of Archaeology 18 no. 3 (July-September 1914): 383-384.


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