16.10.2  ~  2010 07 03  ~  ISSN 1198-9149

Editor / rédacteur: Guy Chamberland (Thorneloe University at Laurentian University)

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Published by e-mail by the Classical Association of Canada
Publication électronique de la Société canadienne des études classiques

President / président: Alison Keith (University of Toronto)
Secretary / secrétaire: John Serrati (McGill University, Montreal)
Treasurer / trésorière: Ingrid Holmberg (University of Victoria)


In memoriam Michel Janon (1937-2010)

From: Daniel M. Millette

Michel Janon, Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Ottawa from 1986 to 1995, died on May 31st, in Marseilles, France, at the age of 72.  He was educated in Algiers (History and Archaeology, 1964) and earned his doctorate at the Sorbonne (History, 1970).  He held positions within the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) from 1965 to 1970 in Algiers, and from 1970 to 2010 in Aix-en-Provence.  From 1995, he was a member of the Institut de Recherche sur l'Architecture Antique (IRAA), within the CNRS.

Janon was highly specialized in Latin epigraphy and architectural decor, particularly of Narbonensis.  He published two seminal volumes: the first on the Latin Inscriptions of Narbonensis (Fréjus), with J. Gascou, in 1985, and the second on architectonic elements of Narbonne, in 1986.  His other published work followed these research themes.  A second principal area of interest was archaeology, first practicing in Algeria at Cherchell, Tiddis and Lambaesis, and eventually in France, at Fréjus, Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, Gaujac and Orange.  He was an authority on the urban plan and archaeology of Lambaesis, producing an innovative book, with J.-M. Gassend, in 2005.

Michel's intellect was of the extremely independent kind.  He defended his ideas fiercely, often remaining misunderstood and at times fuelling intense debate.  He expected brilliant work from his students, resulting in high quality research.  For his students and selected colleagues, he could be charming, displaying a joie de vivre that could only be matched by his love of debate.  In his final years, he found happiness through his grandchildren, spending time with his wife Nancy, and painting from his homes in France and Spain.


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