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Lectio (LECTIO 9)

Falsifications and Authority in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

E. Gielen, J. Papy (eds.)
approx. 275 p., 2 b/w ill., 9 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58843-8
Languages: English, Latin, Greek
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In order to gain a deeper understanding of the shifting idea of authority of a text, its transmission and reception in a variety of genres, settings and contexts, this collective volume envisages to enlarge and deepen this understanding in tangling literary forgery and emulation.

In order to gain a deeper understanding of the shifting idea of authority of a text, its transmission and reception in a variety of genres, settings and contexts, this collective volume envisages to enlarge and deepen this understanding in tangling literary forgery and emulation. Authority and authoritative literary productions provoke all kinds of interest and emulation. Hermeneutical techniques, detailed exegesis and historical critique are invoked to put authority, and yes also possible falsifications, to the test. Scholars from various disciplines working on texts, either authoritative or forged, stemming from different periods of time reflect on a methodological basis and a hermeneutical entrance. In addition, a threefold axis of questioning the phenomenon of forgery is presented, viz. the motif of falsification, the mechanism or technique applied and, third, the direct or indirect effect of this fraud.

Erika Gielen obtained a doctoral degree in Classics from KU Leuven, with a doctoral thesis on the Byzantine philosophers Joseph Racendytes ("De virtute") and Nicephorus Blemmydes ("De virtute et ascesi"). Presently she is Managing Director of the interdisciplinary Research Centre LECTIO (KU Leuven).

Jan Papy is Full Professor in Latin and Neo-Latin Literature at the Faculty of Arts of KU Leuven. His research focuses on Renaissance Humanism and Neo-Latin literature, with special attention for Renaissance philosophy, cultural history of the Low Countries, history of universities and history of science.

Table of Contents

1. Jan PAPY & Erika GIELEN, Introduction. The Protean Appearance of Falsifications: Emulating and Challenging Authority in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
2. Mirko CANEVARO, The Documents in the Attic Orators: Early Antiquarians and Unintentional Forgers.
3. Luigi SILVANO, Four Forged Orations by Aeschines, Demades and Demosthenes and their Reception during the Renaissance.
4. Katherine EAST, The Fate of the Pridie: Tracing the Decline of Manuscript Authority.
5. Joan CARBONELL MANILS & Gerard GONZALEZ GERMAIN, Causes, Opportunities and Methods in the Falsification of Roman Epigraphy in Renaissance Spain. The Case of the Tetrachs’ Inscriptions.
6. Robert LEIGH, Is On Theriac to Piso a Forgery?
7. Angela ULACCO, The Creation of Authority in Pseudo-Pythagorean Texts and their Reception in Late Ancient Philosophy.
8. Félix RACINE, Pseudo-Plutarch’s On Rivers and the School Tradition.
9. Christian MÜLLER, Rufinus versus Jerome in the Falsification Affair.
10. Jacqueline HYLKEMA, The Forgery of Isaac Casaubon’s Name: Authority and The Originall of Idolatries.

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Linguistics

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