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Epigraphic Falsification

Methods and Case Studies

edited by

Lorenzo Calvelli    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



The book investigates the complex articulations of epigraphic forgery, a phenomenon widely attested in Italy between the late Middle Ages and the 18th century. Non-genuine inscriptions or falsae, as Theodor Mommsen called them, are those that present themselves as ancient, but in reality are not. They can be produced either on material support or simply on paper. Within them, different types of documents can be distinguished: forgeries made for malicious purposes, replicas of ancient inscriptions, and texts or monuments inspired by classical epigraphic models. The book brings together fifteen scholarly essays, which examine individual cases of forgery, reconstruct the epistemology of forgery criticism and rehabilitate numerous epigraphs mistakenly believed to be forgeries, while confirming their actual antiquity.

Dec. 16, 2019
Number of pages
16x23 cm
Copyright: © 2019 Lorenzo Calvelli. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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Dove siamo e dove andiamo
Lorenzo Calvelli   
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Michele Bellomo    Silvia Gazzoli   
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Il decretum Rubiconis fra Ciriaco de’ Pizzicolli, Antonio Agustín e Eugen Bormann
Pierangelo Buongiorno   
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Silvia Braito    Alfredo Buonopane   
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Il caso del Fitzwilliam Museum di Cambridge
Maria Letizia Caldelli   
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Ricerca e produzione di iscrizioni latine in Sardegna fra XVI e XIX secolo
Antonio Maria Corda    Antonio Ibba   
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Monsù Pingon e gli altri
Silvia Giorcelli   
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The Possible (and Interesting) Genesis of CIL VI 990* and CIL VI 991
Gian Luca Gregori    Alessandro Papini   
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Silvia Maria Marengo   
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Ispirazioni e modelli
Viviana Pettirossi   
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Il caso di un titulus atestino
Antonio Pistellato   
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Antonio Sartori   
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Carlo Slavich   
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