Forged Evidence (False Testimonianze)

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  • Lorenzo Calvelli

Description

Forged evidence (False testimonianze) is a three-year research project sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Education within a scheme that allows funding for national research. The project started in February 2017 and will end in February 2020.

The project is directed by Lorenzo Calvelli (www.unive.it/persone/lorenzoc), Associate Professor in Ancient History and Latin Epigraphy at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, and involves scholars from the Universities of Bari, Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Macerata, Milan, Pisa, Rome, Trieste, Turin, Venice and Verona.

Research Units

  1. Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Lorenzo Calvelli: principal investigator and head of local research unit; Giovannella Cresci; Tommaso Gnoli: Università degli Studi di Bologna); research focus: forged inscriptions from western Venetia;
  2. Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro" (Antonio Enrico Felle: head of local research unit; Marcella Chelotti; Paolo Fioretti) research focus: forged Christian inscriptions from Rome;
  3. Università degli Studi di Genova (Giovanni Mennella: head of local research unit; Rossella Pera; Silvia Giorcelli: Università degli Studi di Torino); research focus: forged inscriptions from Liguria and Piedmonte;
  4. Università degli Studi di Macerata (Silvia Maria Marengo: head of local research unit; Simona Antolini); research focus: forged inscriptions from Umbria and Picenum;
  5. Università degli Studi di Milano (Simonetta Segenni: head of local research unit; Pier Giuseppe Michelotto); research focus: forged inscriptions from Milan, Pisa, and Amiternum;
  6. Università degli Studi di Pisa (Andrea Raggi: head of local research unit; Maria Domitilla Campanile; Margherita Facella; Giovanni Alberto Cecconi: Università degli Studi di Firenze; Eleonora Salomone: Università degli Studi di Genova); research focus: forged inscriptions from Etruria and Aemilia;
  7. Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" (Maria Letizia Caldelli: head of local research unit; Gian Luca Gregori; Silvia Orlandi); research focus: forged pagan inscriptions from Rome;
  8. Università degli Studi di Trieste (Fulvia Mainardis: head of local research unit; Alfredo Buonopane: Università degli Studi di Verona); research focus: forged inscriptions from eastern Venetia and Histria.

The key-points of the project are the following:

  1. a first systematic survey of epigraphic forgeries produced across Italy from the Middle Ages to present;
  2. creation of an online database of epigraphic forgeries: Epigraphic Database Falsae (EDF);
  3. five post-doctoral positions;
  4. two midterm conferences in Venice (open-access online proceedings to be published);
  5. final dissemination event
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