Series | Antiquity Studies
Edited book | Epigraphic Falsification
Chapter | Falso quando?

Falso quando?


An altar, found at Brenna (Como) and donated to the Civic Archaeological Collections of Milan in 1875, was never taken into account by scholars because it is unintelligible. The alleged text is sharply and skilfully engraved on at least 13 lines, but is composed of only partially alphabetic signs, devoid of any logical sense. Blaming the stonecutter of incompetence is too simplistic: the text was either proposed to him with scribbled and illegible notes, or had the function of occupying a physical space with no communication purposes, in order to give authoritativeness to the monument, whose owners were already known in other ways. In both cases, it was a forgery, either not corresponding to the original intention, or visibly added as a complementary filler.

Open access | Peer reviewed

Submitted: July 3, 2019 | Accepted: Sept. 10, 2019 | Published Dec. 16, 2019 | Language: it

Keywords Forged blunderCoarse altarInscribed zone as decorative surfaceEpigraph balanced between dimensions and inscriptiNon-alphabetic graphemes

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