JACQUES SPON (1647-1685), French doctor and archaeologist, was born at Lyons and died at Vevey.
Spon brought back many valuable treasures, coins, inscriptions and manuscripts, and in later years published various important works on archaeology, notably his Voyage d'Italie, de Dalmatie, de Grece et du Levant (1678), and a Histoire de la republique de Geneve (1680).
The visit of the French physician Jacques Spon and the Englishman, Sir George Wheler or Wheeler (1650-1723), fortunately took place before the catastrophe of the Parthenon in 1687; Spon's Voyage d'Italie, de Dalmatie, de Grece et du Levant, which contained the first scientific description of the ruins of Athens, appeared in 1678; Wheler's Journey into Greece, in 1682.
15 a to declare in Des ouvrages de l'esprit (about 1680), " We have at last thrown off the yoke of Latinism "; and, in the same year, Jacques Spon claimed in his correspondence the right to use the French language in discussing points of archaeology.
The other authors of this century are Peuschel, Spon, Schutz, Wegelin, J.
Spon and G.