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Durighello family

The Durighello family were a family of merchants in 19th century Sidon (modern Lebanon) notable for their contributions to archaeology.[1]

Family members

"Syria Palaestin[a]" mentioned in a 139 CE Roman military diploma donated to the Louvre by Joseph-Ange Durighello
Emesa Vase, donated to the Louvre in 1895 by Joseph-Ange Durighello
  • Angielo Durighello (1767-1841): moved to Aleppo in 1787 working for the consul of Venice to Aleppo. Became the consul of Spain in 1802, later becoming Consul-General of Spain, Sweden and Norway, France and the United States
  • Alphonse (1822-1896), the son of Angielo, became a consul in Aleppo, then Sidon, becoming agent in the French Consulate in 1853 – in charge of the Khan al-Franj[1] – and vice-consul in 1859. Discovered the Sarcophagus of Eshmunazar II in 1855, later becoming a partner to Ernest Renan in his Mission de Phénicie.
  • Edmond (1854-1922), son of Alphonse, began archaeological digs with Alphonse from 1880 in 1881 discovered the Sidon Mithraeum. Gained a reputation for illegal / poorly recorded excavations.
  • Joseph-Ange (1863-1924), the youngest son of Alphonse and arguably the most well known member of the family, became a merchant in Sidon in 1882, then in Beirut in 1895. Later moved to Paris as an art dealer. Made significant donations to the Louvre, such as the Abdmiskar cippus

List of notable artifacts associated with the Durighello family


  1. ^ a b Klat, Michel G. (2002). "The Durighello Family" (PDF). Archaeology & History in Lebanon. London: Lebanese British Friends of the National Museum (16): 98–108. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-02-11.


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