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Spon, Jacques

SPON, JACQUES (1647-1685), French doctor and archaeologist, was born at Lyons and died at Vevey. He is famous as a pioneer in the exploration of the monuments of Greece, travelling there in 1675-1676 with the Englishman (Sir) George Wheler (1650-1723), whose collection of antiquities was afterwards bequeathed to Oxford University. Spon brought back many valuable treasures, coins, inscriptions and manuscripts, and in later years published various important works on archaeology . notably his Voyage d'ltalie, de Dalmatic, de Grece el du Levant (1678), and a Histoire de la republique de Geneve (1680).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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