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JACQUES SPON (1647-1685)

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Originally appearing in Volume V25, Page 715 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JACQUES SPON (1647-1685), French doctor and archaeologist, was born at Lyons and died at Vevey. He is famous as a pioneer in the exploration of the monuments of Greece, travel-ling there in 1675-1676 with the Englishman (Sir) George Wheler (1650-1723), whose collection of antiquities was afterwards bequeathed to Oxford University. Spon brought back many valuable treasures, coins, inscriptions and manuscripts, and in later years published various important works on archaeology, notably his Voyage d'Italie, de Dalmatie, de Grece et du Levant (1678), and a Histoire de la republique de Geneve (168o).
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