- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; New edition edition (November 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226730379
- ISBN-13: 978-0226730370
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery New edition Edition
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"Scarith" was the word given to small capsules of mud and hair first found in 1634 by 19-year-old Curzio Inghirami on his family's estate near the town of Volterra in a part of the Duchy of Tuscany that two millennia before had been an Etruscan stronghold. Inside the scarith (the same form of word is used for both the singular and plural) were pieces of linen rag paper bearing writings in both Etruscan and Latin from, purportedly, an Etruscan priest named Prospero of Fiesole who secreted them for posterity just before succumbing to vindictive Roman imperialism around 62 B.C. Taken cumulatively, the papers of the scarith revealed a more glorious, sophisticated, and noble Etruria than previously was commonly accepted. They also were startlingly prophetic about several matters, including the coming of the Messiah "after whom the years shall be numbered".
As some immediately suspected, it was all a hoax, something that soon became clear to all with eyes to see, unblinkered by some ancillary agenda.Read more ›
In November 1634, Curzio Inghirami, nineteen years old, near his family's villa Scornello found a scarith, a capsule of mud containing peculiar documents written on paper in Latin and in Etruscan, the ancient language of the region that had yet to be deciphered. He eventually found over 200 of these, purporting to be documents from 64 BCE, which among other things, put a Tuscan spin on the Catline revolt against Rome, showed that Noah had founded the nearby ancient city of Volterra, and predicted the arrival of the Messiah. Curzio's book _Ethruscarum Antiquitatum Fragmenta_ appeared in 1636. Curzio's family ensured that the book was simply gorgeous, full of woodcuts and copperplate engravings on good quality paper. The book was designed to convince anyone who merely glimpsed at it of the truth of its contents.Read more ›
"Scornello" is a place, the seat of a powerful Tuscan family, the Inghirami. "Scarith" is the word invented by Curzio Inghirami to designate the "time capsules" containing the messages to the future of the fictitious Etruscan priest Prospero, which Curzio and his sister planted around Scornello and then later claimed to 'discover' by accident. Their forgery wasn't very well executed, but the techniques of forensic archaeology were not very well developed in Renaissance Italy either. Skeptics leaped on Curzio's claims almost immediately, relying chiefly on textual clues in the young Volterran's Latin syntax. From our lofty knowledge of the detective's craft, it seems almost comical that none of the skeptics thought to compare Curzio's handwriting to Prospero's purported script.Read more ›