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Fakes and Forgeries of Written Artefacts from Ancient Mesopotamia to Modern China
In the years following his return from a mission in Greece conducted in 1729-1730 on behalf of the king Louis XV, the priest and scholar Michel Fourmont presented to the Académie des Inscriptions several forged texts dating supposedly back to the very origin of Sparta, the famous Peloponnesian city. This paper explores the motivations and the technique of the forger, focusing especially on the relation between inscriptions and monuments, in his forgeries as well as in his copy of genuine texts.doi:10.1515/9783110714333-007 fatcat:p23en7s7ibh77gwkodyw34df7y