Académie de Marseille

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Académie des sciences, lettres et arts de Marseille
Motto Primis Renascor Radiis
Founder Louis XV
40 members elected by their peers
Official language
Affiliations Conférence nationale des académies des sciences, lettres et arts

The Académie de Marseille, officially the Académie des sciences, lettres et arts de Marseille, is a French learned society based in Marseille. It was founded in 1726 and includes those in the city involved in the arts, letters, and sciences.


The Académie de Marseille was created by letters patent of Louis XV in August 1726, which stated in particular that the number of members would be limited to twenty. The founding document furthermore stated that all twenty members must live in Marseille. However, the actual number of founding members was twenty-one, due to the insistence of Jean-Pierre Rigord that Henri de Belsunce also be offered membership. This was rectified in 1730 when Joseph-Félix Gravier resigned from the Académie and was not replaced.

Founding Members[edit]

Name Profession
1 Antoine-Louis de Chalamont de la Visclède Writer
2 Claude-Mathieu Olivier Lawyer and poet
3 Jean-André Peyssonnel Doctor and naturalist
4 Charles Peyssonnel Lawyer
5 Paul Alexandre Dulard Poet
6 Félix Cary Numismatist and writer
7 Paul Augustin de Porrade Scholar
8 Marc Antoine Taxil Poet
9 Pierre de Robineau Army commissionner
10 Jean-Baptiste Dupont (abbé) Abbot
11 Jean Joseph de Gérin Lieutenant general of the Admiralty
12 Joseph Félix de Gravier Lawyer
13 Balthazar Eymar Canon
14 Joseph Louis de Vaccon Canon of the Marseille Cathedral
15 Thomas Le Fournier Priest of Abbey of Saint Victor
16 Melchior de Croze Priest of Abbey of Saint Victor
17 Charles Gaspard Guillaume Raffélis de Soissans Priest of Abbey of Saint Victor
18 Jean-Baptiste Bertrand (doctor) Doctor
19 Hector Léonard de Sainte-Colombe, Bailli de l'Aubépin Chef d'escadre
20 Henri de Belsunce Bishop of Marseille
21 Jean-Pierre Rigord Delegate of the intendant of Provence


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Coordinates: 43°17′50″N 5°23′7.11″E / 43.29722°N 5.3853083°E / 43.29722; 5.3853083