Le Beau, Charles
LE BEAU, CHARLES (1701-1778), a French historical termination of his course as a pupil, until he obtained the chair of rhetoric in the College des Grassins. In 1748 he was adn itted a member of the Academy of Inscriptions, and in 1752 he was nominated professor of eloquence in the College de France. From 1755 ho held the office of to the 39th inclusive) of the faqtoire of that institution. He died at Paris on March 13, 1778.
The only work with which the name of Le Bexu continues to be associated is his liistoire da lies-Empire, en eommencant a Constantin. le Grand, in 22 vols. 12mo (Paris, 1756-1779), being a continuation of Rollin's Histoire _Romaine and Crerier's Histoire des Eapereurs. Its usefulness arises entirely from the fact of its being a faithful resume of the Byzantine historians, for Le Beau had no originality or artistic power of his own. Five volumes were added by Ameilhon (1781-1811), which brought the work down to the fall of Constantinople. A later edition, under the care of Saint-Martin and afterwards of Brosset, has had the benefit of careful revision throughout, and has received considerable additions from Oriental sources.