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date: 18 May 2021

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The issue of epigraphic forgeries is closely connected not only to the history of epigraphy, but also to the rediscovery and reuse of antiquity in the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance and Baroque Period. This chapter analyzes the concepts of “forgery,” addresses the theme of fakes in epigraphy, a relatively new field, and studies the modes of transmission (on paper or stone) of such artefacts. It also analyzes the forgerers’ intentions and the conditions under which historical and documentary forgeries were created, especially in Italy.

Keywords: inscriptions, forgeries, fakes, Classical tradition, Renaissance epigraphy, Italy, Rome, Pirro Ligorio

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