Category: Forgery

A Brief History of Medieval and Early Modern Forgery

This concatenation is anything but extensive. It was written to give a slight view into the world of forgery. This concatenated narrative of forgery is anything but extensive. Of special interest to me is the era directly preceding that of the era of standardization,… Continue Reading “A Brief History of Medieval and Early Modern Forgery”

A Bibliography of Forgery

This article contains a collection of works dedicated to the topic of forgery. I have split the list into categories. Some works can be attributed to multiple categories and so I have had to make decisions on which category to place them in. This… Continue Reading “A Bibliography of Forgery”

The Ecosystem of Forgery

“The forgery culture is stratified and multi-facetted. It has a kinship system, a hierarchical structure, systems of gift exchange, laws, a coded language, judges and juries (usually the same), a police force. Its inhabitants include professors, curators, scientists, museum officials and trustees, dealers, smugglers,… Continue Reading “The Ecosystem of Forgery”

Top Five Books About Forgery, Best Nonfiction For Beginners

The sea of books dedicated to the topic of forgery is vast. Some of these books are brilliant, others not so much. My list of top five nonfiction books about forgery helps you navigate into some of the most rewarding literature this genre has… Continue Reading “Top Five Books About Forgery, Best Nonfiction For Beginners”

Establishing Semantics For Mimesiology And Illusology

The purpose of this article is to 1) discuss the various meanings of a set of common words related to mimesis and illusion, and 2) establish meanings for use in future discussions. Establishing these definitions is important because people have specific intentions when they… Continue Reading “Establishing Semantics For Mimesiology And Illusology”

Defining Forgery

Forgery has been defined in many different of ways. The definition which I find most useful and appropriate is “something created to deceive forever”. It differs from hoax in that hoax is “something created to deceive temporarily”. Etymonline reports the etymology of forgery as… Continue Reading “Defining Forgery”

Money Forgery

“…the art of counterfeiting the public money is of the highest antiquity.” – J. Y. Akerman (1843)[1, p.1] The laws of Solon required that people who forged money be put to death [1, p.57]. The laws of Constantine the Great charged money forgers with… Continue Reading “Money Forgery”

Forged Inscriptions

~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ The Pomegranate Inscription There is an ivory pomegranate in the Israel Museum that has become famous due to the debates about the genuineness of the inscription written on it. The common belief is that the ivory pomegranate itself is an… Continue Reading “Forged Inscriptions”

Speculations on Forgery

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Literary Forgery

“…no one seems to have studied in a comprehensive way epigraphical forgery and the methods which are employed in detecting it…” – F. F. Abbot (1908), page 22. “It was so easy two or three centuries ago to compose an important inscription, and to… Continue Reading “Literary Forgery”

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