Lezing: Earle Havens, “History, Fantasy, and Falsification” (Amsterdam, 23 september 2014)

earlehavensOp 23 september 2014, van 16u tot 17u30, kan u in de Universiteitsbibliotheek van de Universiteit van Amsterdam (Singel 425, Belle van Zuylenzaal) de lezing History, Fantasy, and Falsification: 2,500 Years of Fakes, Lies, and Forgeries bijwonen. Deze lezing wordt gehouden door Dr. Earle Havens (Johns Hopkins University).

Meer informatie en reservatie (het aantal plaatsen is beperkt) via Dr. Matthijs Lok (UvA European Studies), m.m.lok@uva.nl.

History, Fantasy, and Falsification: 2,500 Years of Fakes, Lies, and Forgeries

In 2011, Johns Hopkins University acquired the world’s most comprehensive collection of rare books and manuscripts on the history of forgery in the West, some 1,700 items in all spanning the ancient world to the 20th century. In this lecture, Dr. Havens will discuss the phenomenon of forgery as an adjunct of historiography and literary production, as well as address particular highlights of this extraordinary gathering of scholarly materials from classical antiquity to the early decades of the 20th century.  Highlights will include: editions of Jesus’ posthumous “Letter from Heaven,” eyewitness accounts of the Fall of Troy, the only surviving autograph of the martyr Thomas Beckett, unpublished manuscript verses of Martin Luther expositing The Lord’s Prayer, annotated books from Shakespeare’s personal library, archaeological excavations of ancient Etruscan manuscripts predicting the coming of Christ, a first-hand account of the discovery of Homer’s tomb, Alpine inscriptions recording Noah’s settlement of Vienna after the Flood, the only extant ancient Greek manuscript on ancient Byzantine painting, Byron’s unpublished Romantic musings on the mysteries of nature, the conspiratorial Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and the “true” story of the early 20th-century Bata Kindai Amgoza ibn LoBagola, the self-proclaimed “African Savage” descended from the lost tribes of Israel.

Dr. Earle Havens is the William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts, Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University. Among his numerous publications is a forthcoming edition of essays to be published by the Johns Hopkins University in 2015 entitled Forgery, History, and Theory.

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