Louis Bréhier

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Louis René Bréhier (August 5, 1868, Brest – October 13, 1951, Reims) was a French historian who specialized in Byzantine studies.

Biography[edit]

He studied history and literature in Paris, obtaining his agrégation in history in 1892. Afterwards he worked as a schoolteacher in Montauban, Bourges, Reims and Saint-Quentin (1892–99). In 1899 he received his doctorate at the Sorbonne with the dissertation "Le schisme oriental du XIe siècle" (The Eastern Schism in the 11th Century).[1] From 1903 to 1938 he was professor of ancient and medieval history in Clermont-Ferrand. His travels were largely confined to the Mediterranean world that included an archaeological mission to Mount Athos in 1930. He settled in Reims after World War II and died in this city in 1951.[2]

Bréhier's best known work was the three-volume "Le Monde byzantin" (The Byzantine World). He was a specialist of Byzantine iconography, and in 1924 published an influential treatise on Byzantine art titled "L'Art byzantin". In 1835 he became a member of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres.[2]


Selected publications[edit]

  • De Graecorum judiciorum origine (1899)
  • Le Schisme oriental du 11e siècle (1899)
  • La Querelle des images (1904)
  • L'Église et l'Orient au Moyen Âge : les croisades
  • Le travail historique (1908)
  • L'Auvergne (1912)
  • La Cathédrale de Reims. Une œuvre française, Paris 1916
  • L'art chrétien, son développement iconographique des origines à nos jours (1918)
  • Les églises romanes
  • L'homme dans la sculpture romane
  • Études archéologiques : Le sarcophage des Carmes-Déchaux ; Les anciens inventaires de la cathédrale : Le Bible historiée de Clermont
  • Les survivances du rite impérial romain: à propos des rites shintoïstes (1920)
  • L'Art byzantin, Paris 1924
  • L'Art en France, des invasions barbares à l'époque romane, Paris 1930
  • Le Monde byzantin, Paris 1947-50 (3 Volumes)
    • Volume 1: Vie et mort de Byzance
    • Volume 2: Les Institutions de l'Empire byzantin
    • Volume 3: La civilisation byzantine

translation or collaboration

  • Histoire anonyme de la première croisade, éditée et traduite par Louis Bréhier, (Anonymous history of the First Crusade, edited and translated into French by Louis Bréhier), Paris 1924

References[edit]

  1. ^ WorldCat Title Le schisme oriental du XIe siècle
  2. ^ a b Institut national d'histoire de l'art biography

External links[edit]

(German language)