François Thureau-Dangin

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François Thureau-Dangin (3 January 1872 in Paris – 24 January 1944 in Paris) was a French archaeologist, assyriologist and epigrapher. He played a major role in the deciphering of Sumerian and Akkadian languages.

François Thureau-Dangin (1872–1944)

He studied under Julius Oppert in Paris, and from 1895, was associated with duties performed at the Louvre, where in 1908, he was appointed assistant curator of the Oriental Antiquities department.[1] On behalf of the museum, he conducted excavations at Arslan Tash (1927) and at Til Barsip (1929–1931).[2][3]

He was a leading expert on Babylonian cuneiform texts, and worked on a theory concerning the origins of cuneiform writing, publishing the treatise Recherches sur l'origine de l'écriture cunéiforme (1898) as a result.[3]

Along with Georges Dossin, he founded the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale,[4] an association of orientalists, which hosts international events. He was a member of the Académie des inscriptions et belles lettres[5] and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.[6]

Works (Selection)[edit]

  • Recherches sur l'origine de l'écriture cunéiforme, 1898 – Research on the origin of cuneiform writing.
  • Recueil de tablettes chaldéennes, 1903 – Collection of Chaldean tablets.
  • Inscriptions de Sumer et d'Akkad, 1905 – Inscriptions of Sumer and Akkad.
  • Die sumerischen und akkadischen Königsinschriften, Hinrichs, Leipzig 1907 (Vorderasiatische Bibliothek, Bd. 1, Abt. 1; Neudruck 1972).
  • Lettres et contrats de l'époque de la première dynastie babylonienne, 1910.
  • Rituels accadiens. Leroux, Paris 1921 (Neudruck Zeller, Osnabrück 1975, ISBN 3-535-01494-8)
  • Les cylindres de Goudéa découverts par Ernest de Sarzec à Tello. (54 planches), with Ernest de Sarzec, 1925 – The cylinders of Goudéa discovered by Ernest de Sarzec at Telloh.
  • Le syllabaire accadien, 1926 – Akkadian syllabary.
  • Textes mathématiques babyloniens. Brll, Leiden 1938 – Babylonian mathematical texts.[7][8]


  • Joseph W. Dauben, Christoph J. Scriba (Hrsg.): Writing the history of mathematics. Its historical development. Birkhäuser, Basel u. a. 2002, ISBN 3-7643-6167-0, (Science networks 27).


  1. ^ Statement based on translated text from an equivalent article at the French Wikipedia.
  2. ^ Writing the History of Mathematics - Its Historical Development by Joseph W. Dauben, Christoph J. Scriba
  3. ^ a b Historical Dictionary of Mesopotamia by Gwendolyn Leick
  4. ^ General information about the Foundation Georges Dossin
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-06-01. Retrieved 2015-10-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Catalog Hathi Trust published works
  8. ^ WorldCat Identities Most widely held works by F Thureau-Dangin