chapter  8
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Falsification as a Protreptic to Truth: The Force of the Forged Epistolary Exchange between Basil and Libanius


The topic of this chapter is the forged epistolary exchange between Basil of Caesarea (329/330-79) and Libanius of Antioch (314-93). The supposed epistolary exchange between both men consists, in modern editions, of 26 letters. Of these, the first 21 were transmitted together, and in a largely fixed order.2 The last five letters, on the other hand, seem to have been added to this original corpus at a later stage,3 and will therefore be of lesser concern to me here.