Charles Rollin, a French historian, bom in Paris, Jan. 30, 1661, died there, Sept. 14, 1741. He was gratuitously admitted to a school the pupils of which attended classes at the college de Plessis. He next studied theology, but did not take orders, and became professor of rhetoric in his college, and in 1688 in the collége de France. He was chosen rector of the university in 1694, and was reëlected in 1695. In 1696 he became coadjutor at the collége de Beau-vais, where his methods of instruction subjected him on the part of the Jesuits to charges of Jansenism, especially as he had shown sympathy with the Port Royalists. He was dismissed from his rectorship in 1712, but held it again for a short time in 1720. Under Cardinal Fleury he was subjected to indignities on account of his enlightened opinions, and on his death public homage to his memory was prohibited by the government. His most popular work, Histoire ancienne (13 vols., 1730-'38), has been frequently reprinted in French and in English; the best known abridgment is by the abbé Tailhié (5 vols., 1853). His other works include Traité des études (4 vols., 1726-'8), also often reprinted in French and English, and Histoire romaine (9 vols., 1738 et seq., the four last by his pupil Crevier; latest ed. by Didot in 10 vols., 1862; abridged by the abbe Tailhié, 5 vols., 1863).