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date: 15 August 2020

forgeries, literary 

Source:
The Oxford Classical Dictionary
Author(s):
P. J. ParsonsP. J. Parsons, C. Robert PhillipsC. Robert Phillips

The idea of literary property had already evolved by the 5th cent. bc, when *Herodotus (1) doubted the Homeric authorship of ...The seven books on pontifical law by King Numa *Pompilius found in 181 bc (Livy 40.29.3-14) must have been a forgery, i.e. a work written by someone other than Numa and deliberately passed off as the king's. Starting from the end of the 2nd cent. ... ...

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