Félix Marie Charles Texier
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Félix Marie Charles Texier (1802 in Versailles – 1871 in Paris) was a French historian and archaeologist.
Trained as an architect at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he was appointed inspector of public works in 1827. In 1828-29 he conducted excavations at Fréjus and Ostia on behalf of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.
In 1833 Texier was appointed by the French Ministry of Culture to conduct an exploratory mission in Asia Minor, where he journeyed through the regions of Phrygia, Cappadocia and Lycaonia. In 1834 he discovered the ruins of the ancient Hittite capital of Hattusa. Later in the decade he participated in an expedition that took him to Armenia, Mesopotamia and Persia.
In 1840 he became deputy professor of archaeology at the Collège de France, and in 1855 was elected to the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. He published important books and articles on his travels through Asia Minor and the Middle East, which included descriptions and maps of ancient sites, reports of regional geography and geology, descriptions involving works of art and architecture, et al.
- Asie mineure: description géographique, historique et archéologique des provinces et des villes de la Chersonnèse d'Asie, 1862
- Description de l'Arménie et de la Perse, de la Mésopotamie, 1842–1845
- Édesse et ses monuments, 1859
- L'Architecture byzantine ou recueil de monuments des premiers temps du christianisme en Orient, (with R.P. Pullar); 1864
- "The principal ruins of Asia Minor", London, (with R.P. Pullar), 1865
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