Born in 1939, Jacques Lefort died in Paris on August 23, 2014, aged 75. A former Director of Studies at the École pratique des hautes études (IVe section), his interest in Byzantine studies was inspired by Paul Lemerle in 1959. His own pioneering works on rural economy, demography and society, medieval landscape, and the archives of Mount Athos left their mark in turn on another generation of scholars. In 2006, he looked back at his intellectual itinerary in the foreword to a volume of his collected studies (Société rurale et histoire du paysage à Byzance). Thereafter, in spite of a long illness, he contributed to the third volume of Le monde byzantin (1204–1453) (2011), produced an annotated translation of the Byzantine farmer’s manual Geoponika (2012), and most importantly, prepared the final volume of the Acts of the monastery of Vatopedi (in press). Editor or co-editor of the Acts of Esphigmenou (1973), Iviron (4 vols.; 1985–95) and Vatopédi (3 vols.; 2001–), he served as General Editor of the series Archives de l’Athos from 1989, succeeding Paul Lemerle. The characteristic rigour and thoroughness that he brought to this task earned him widespread acclaim among the international community of Byzantinists. His funeral will be held on August 28, 2014, in Lalleyriat, Jura, his native region. A memorial tribute will be held at the Collège de France in the fall.
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