Théophile Homolle

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Théophile Homolle

Jean Théophile Homolle (19 December 1848, Paris – 13 June 1925, Paris) was a French archaeologist and classical philologist.



From 1869 he studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, receiving his agrégation for history in 1874. He then became a member of the French School at Athens, of which, he directed a highly successful excavation at Delos (from 1877). [1] For several years he taught classes in ancient Greek and Latin at the University of Nancy, and in 1884 became a substitute professor for Paul Foucart at Collège de France. [2]

From 1891 to 1903 he served as director of the French School at Athens, during which time, he was in charge of an important excavation at Delphi. [3] From 1904 to 1911 he was director of national museums (Louvre), but was forced to relinquish this position due to the theft of the Mona Lisa in August 1911. After a brief stay at Athens, he returned to Paris, where from 1913 to 1923, he was director of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France). [2]

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Preceded by
Henry Marcel
Administrator of the
Bibliothèque nationale de France

Succeeded by
Pierre-René Roland-Marcel