Paul Pelliot (East Asian Studies)

Paul Pelliot (East Asian Studies/1878-1945) was a French sinologist and Orientalist who studied and travelled the world as a foreign diplomat. On June 17, 1906 Pelliot started a three-year journey from Paris to Xian, China. On the trip, he purchased a large number of medieval manuscripts from Abbot Wang’s secret chamber. He also acquired documents in the lost Tocharian language of Kuchean. These documents were later translated by Pelliot’s former teacher, Sylvain Lévi, spreading knowledge from east Asia to Europe.

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