Fakes and Forgers of Classical Literature

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Right from the beginning, classical literature has been embroiled with questions of authenticity, fakes, frauds, and, of course, scandal. Issues of dubious authorship, and contested authority confront philologists, critics and publishers today as surely as they did in the classical era itself. The new era of postmodernism, however, encourages us to look at the work of the forger with fresh eyes, and recent scholarship reflects this in an interdisciplinary approach which goes well beyond the conventional academic endeavor to separate the authentic from the fake.
Fakes and Forgers of Classical Literature comprises essays from an international cast of scholars who, in their diverse and creative approaches to questions of authenticity both old and new, radically revise the position of the forged text in the literary tradition and, in light of modern approaches of philology and literary criticism, offer exciting new strategies for understanding forgery and the play with authenticity within ancient literature itself.

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Biographical Note

Javier Martínez is Professor of Greek Philology at the University of Oviedo (Spain). He has translated into Spanish and commented on works of Plato and Aristophanes and published articles on Greek linguistics and the Greek literary tradition.

Contributors: Joaquín Álvarez Barrientos, David Butterfield, Zina Giannopoulou, John Henderson, David Hernandez de la Fuente, Mark Joyal, Andromache Karanika, Mikel Labiano, Klaus Lennartz, Françoise Létoublon, Javier Martínez, Karen Ní Mheallaigh, Felipe Muñoz, Heinz-Günther Nesselrath, Marco Perale, Joseph Pucci, Eustaquio Sánchez, Emilio Suárez, Håkan Tell, Onofrio Vox.

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" [D]er Sammelband beleuchtet wichtige Aspekte der antiken Fälschung, die dem Exegeten des Neuen Testaments helfen können, Fälschungsphänomene in Frühchristlichen Schriften noch besser im Licht ihres historischen und kulturellen Kontexts zu interpretieren." Armin D. Baurn, Theologische Literaturzeittung 140 (2015) 1/2, 40-41.


All interested in Classics, the Classical Tradition, Classical Antiquity, Comparative Literature, Theory and Criticism of Literature, Ancient Western History

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