Jerome Carcopino was born in Verneuil-sur-Avre, France, in 1881. He was a lecturer at the University of Algiers in Algeria before his career was interrupted by World War I. Lecturing at the Sorbonne in Paris from 1920 to 1937, he later became the Director of the French School in Rome. From 1941 to 1942, he was the Minister of National Education and Youth in Vichy France. He died in 1970.
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