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Andreas E. Müller, Lilia Diamantopoulou, Christian Gastgeber, Athanasia Katsiakiori-Rankl (Ed.)

Die getäuschte Wissenschaft

Ein Genie betrügt Europa – Konstantinos Simonides

1. Edition 2017
332 pages
ISBN 978-3-8470-0714-2
Vienna University Press at V&R unipress

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Konstantinos Simonides (1820/1824–1867?) was a Greek forger. Not only did he copy and replicate century-old manuscripts, he also invented authors from antiquity and published their supposed works, according to which he had the Greeks inventing paper, photography and even the submarine. He wreaked havoc throughout the world of classical antiquity – like a hurricane, upturning everything that was in good order along the way. To this day, the question remains: does the world want to be deceived? This collection of writings shows the detailed and broad-based attempt of a group of international researchers to confront this and many other aspects of the fascinating work of a forger, as well as to trace the work and life of Simonides himself.

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