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Collectors, Scholars, and Forgers in the Ancient World: Object Lessons

Carolyn Higbie


Collectors, Scholars, and Forgers in the Ancient World focuses on the fascination which works of art, texts, and antiquarian objects exerted over Greeks and Romans in antiquity and uses brief parallels from other cultures and times to offer contexts for that fascination. Statues, bronze weapons, books, and bones were prized because they had religious value, were the work of highly regarded artists and writers, had been possessed by famous mythological figures, or were relics of a long gone past. Attitudes towards these objects changed over time: sculpture originally created for a religious pur ... More

Keywords: art fraud, collecting, copies, documentary fraud, forgers, Greek sculpture, literary forgery, Roman collectors, scholarship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198759300
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759300.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn Higbie, author
Park Professor of Classics, University at Buffalo