Born Jan. 3, 1872, in Paris; died there Jan. 24, 1944. French Assyriologist and Sumerologist; a founder of Sumerology.
Thureau-Dangin became a member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres in 1917, and he served as chief curator of oriental antiquities at the Louvre. His knowledge was encyclopedic, and his philological work was noted for its precision. Thureau-Dangin was the author of many published works on the history of Mesopotamia—from the time of ancient Sumer to the Greek age—as well as on all types of cuneiform cultural remains, ranging from royal inscriptions to temple rituals and mathematical problems.
WORKSRecherches sur l’origine de l’écriture cunéiforme [vols. 1–2]. Paris, 1898–99.
Les Inscriptions de Sumer et d’Akkad. Paris, 1905.
Une Relation de la huitième Campagne de Sargon. Paris, 1912.
“La Correspondance de Hammurapi avec Šamaš-hâsír.” Revue d’assyriologie et d’archéologie orientale, 1924, vol. 21, nos. 1–2.