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Christian archeologist and numismatist; born at Lille March 19, 1807; died in Paris Nov. 5, 1880. He first adopted a military career, and in this way became custos of the Museum of Artillery, Paris, in 1842. He then made a voyage to Palestine, paying particular attention to the country around the Dead Sea. On his return he claimed to have discovered the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah, and presented to the Louvre a sarcophagus which he insisted was that of King David. Among his many works, those of Jewish interest (all published in Paris) are: "Voyage Autour de la Mer Morte," 1854; "Recherches sur la Numismatique Judaïque," 1854; "Dictionnaire des Antiquités Bibliques," 1857; "Histoire de l'Art Judaïque," 1858; "Voyage en Terre Sainte," 1865; "Histoire d'Hérode, Roi des Juifs," 1867; "Numismatique de la Terre Sainte," 1873 (the standard work on the subject previous to Madden's); "Sept Siècles de l'Histoire Judaïque," 1874.

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