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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 501 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JEAN FRANCOIS LESUEUR (1760 or 1763–1837), French his finest myths. musical composer, was born on the 15th of January 176o (or LE TREPORT, a maritime town of northern France in the ,;6,1 t Tl c t_Placcial near hl-lexElo T-TN wac choir hnv donut-mein- of Seine21)f erieure. on the English Channel. at the father, a poor engraver, sent him to study art under the painter David, but his own tastes were literary, and he became a student in the College de France, where it is said he used to exercise his already strongly developed critical faculty by correcting for his own amusement old and bad texts of Greek authors, afterwards comparing the results with the latest and most approved editions. From 18ro to 1812 he travelled in France, Switzerland and Italy, and on his return to Paris published an Essai critique sur la topographic de Syracuse (1812), designed to elucidate Thucydides. Two years later appeared his Recherches geographiques et critiques on the De Mensura Orbis Terrae of Dicuil. In 1815 he was commissioned by government to complete the translation of Strabo which had been begun by Laporte-Dutheil, and in March '816 he was one of those who were admitted to the Academy of Inscriptions by royal ordinance, having previously contributed a Memoire, " On the Metrical System of the Egyptians," which had been crowned. Further promotion came rapidly; in 1817 he was appointed director of the Ecole des Chartes, in 1819 inspector-general of the university, and in 1831 professor of history in the College de France. This chair he exchanged in r838'for that of ar'haeology, and in 1840 he succeeded Pierre C. Francois Daunou (1761–1840) as keeper of the national archives. Meanwhile he had published, among other works, Considerations generates sur 1Y-valuation des monnaies grecques et romaines et sur la valeur de l'or et de l'argent avant la decouverte de l'Amerique (1817), Recherches pour servir d l'histoire d'Egypte pendant la domination des Grecs et des Romains (1823), and Sur l'origine grecque des zodiaques pretendus egyptiens (1837). By the last-named he finally exploded a fallacy which had up to that time vitiated the chronology of contemporary Egyptologists. His Diplernes et chartres de l'epoque Merovingienne sur papyrus et sur velin were published in 1844. The most important work of Letronne is the Recueil des inscriptions grecques et latines de l'Egypte, of which the first volume appeared in 1842, and the second in 1848. He died at Paris on the 14th of December 1848.
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