Luigi Silvano, of the Università di Roma La Sapienza, will give a talk entitled  “Who are they fooling? Classical forgeries in the Renaissance”, in Combes C12, on 25 March 2014, at 18:30.

In the late 14th century, Renaissance humanists such as Petrarch and Lorenzo Valla “tested and rejected many medieval forgeries” (Anthony Grafton). Nonetheless, fakes continued to circulate and enjoyed wide popularity. New ones were produced, for example ‘ancient’ inscriptions, letters, and speeches attributed to famous writers and personalities of Greek and Roman Antiquity. Luigi Silvano will survey some of the best known of these forgeries and then focus on some less studied though quite successful ones.

Luigi Silvano is Assistant Professor (“ricercatore universitario”) in Byzantine Studies at the University of Rome La Sapienza. He holds a PhD in Greek, Latin and Byzantine Literature and Philology from the University of Torino, where he was research associate in Byzantine Studies. He was a visiting scholar at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence; Aarhus Universitet; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Institut für Byzanzforschung, Vienna: Now he is visiting scholar in Paris, with the research group “Savoirs et pratiques du Moyen Âge au XIXe siècle.”