DRIOTON, (CHANOINE) ETIENNE MARIE FELIX
(1889-1961), French Egyptologist. He studied Egyptian and Coptic
in the Ecole libre des Langues orientales at the Catholic Institute of
Paris. Ultimately, he taught Egyptian philology and Coptic at the
same institute. He produced a Cours de grammaire égyptienne
Drioton worked with Charles Boreux at the Louvre in 1926, and
in 1929 he undertook the epigraphic survey at the Medamud
excavations of the Institut français d'Egypte directed by G. Foucart.
In 1936 he succeeded Pierre Lacau as Director of the Egyptian
Antiquities Service and lectured at the new Institute of Egyptology
of the University of Cairo. After his return to France, he was
appointed director of the Centre national de la Recherche
scientifique and professor at the Collège de France.
His works in the field of Egyptology are numerous, but he
contributed also to Coptic studies in many journals and reviews.
Most titles are listed in A Coptic Bibliography (Kammerer, 1950,
1969). The last was published a year before his death, Boiserie copte
de style pharaonique (Paris, 1960).
AZIZ S. ATIYA
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