Jean Bottéro (1914 - December 15, 2007) was a French historian, a scholar of rare abilities, Director Emeritus of Assyriology in the Department of Philology and History at the École Pratique des Hautes Études. Internationally respected for his work as a philologist, literary critic, and historian, he was also adept at writing for a popular audience. He was a major Assyriologist and a renowned expert in Ancient Orient. He died in Gif-sur-Yvette. By decree of the President of the French Republic (dated January 1, 1999), Prof. Jean Bottéro is proclaimed Chevalier in the French Order of the Legion d'Honneur. The Legion d'Honneur, created by Napoleon I, is the most famous and distinguished order in France and is bestowed by the government to honor persons whose work enhances the reputation of French scholarship, arts, sciences, politics, or the like.
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