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Pseudepigraphy
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I. General

Many early cultures assumed the superiority of divine to human authorship (notion of a god as first cause) [1]. This establishes pseudepigraphy as the earliest form of literary work: a god or a divine human of a mythical primeval time is considered author. This form was common in the Orient, but there are also traces in Greece (as, e.g., in laws, oracles, Orphism).

With the adoption of artists' signatures and indications of the creator's own name (orthonymity) beginning with Hesiod, various kinds o…

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Speyer, Wolfgang (Salzburg) and Heimgartner, Martin (Halle), “Pseudepigraphy”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1012410>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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