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Splendide mendax : rethinking fakes and forgeries in classical, late antique, and early Christian literature

Author: Edmund P Cueva; Francisco Javier Martínez García
Publisher: Groningen : Barkhuis, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Manuscript   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Scholars for centuries have regarded fakes and forgeries chiefly as an opportunity for exposing and denouncing deceit, rather than appreciating the creative activity necessary for such textual imposture. But should we not be more curious about what is spurious? Many of these long-neglected texts merit serious reappraisal, when considered as artifacts with a value beyond mere authenticity. We do not have to be fooled  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Manuscript, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edmund P Cueva; Francisco Javier Martínez García
ISBN: 9789491431982 9491431986
OCLC Number: 949784682
Description: vii, 369 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Other Titles: Rethinking fakes and forgeries in classical, late antique, and early Christian literature
Responsibility: edited by Edmund P. Cueva and Javier Martínez.

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Many new and fruitful avenues of investigation open up when scholars consider forgery as a creative act rather than a crime. We invited authors to contribute work without imposing any restrictions  Read more...

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