François Pétis de la Croix, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


François Pétis de la Croix

French orientalist

Date of Birth: 01-Jan-1653

Place of Birth: Paris, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 04-Dec-1713

Profession: writer, professor, diplomat, translator, orientalist

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About François Pétis de la Croix

  • François Pétis de la Croix (1653–1713) was a French orientalist. He was born in Paris, the son of the Arabic interpreter of the French court and author, also named François Pétis de la Croix (1622-1695) and inherited this office at his father's death, afterwards transmitting it to his own son, Alexandre Louis Marie, who also became a notable orientalist.
  • At an early age, François was sent by Colbert to the East; during the ten years he spent in Syria, Persia and Turkey he learned Arabic, Persian and Turkish and collected materials which he would use in future writings.

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