I’ve asked a colleague to translate for us Leontius of Byzantium, Adversus fraudes Apollinistarum (Against the forgeries of the Apollinarists) (CPG 6817, PG 86, col. 1948-1976). This is fourteen and a half columns of Migne, and may well be interesting. The circulation of banned works under other names was an inevitable consequence of the intolerance in the 5th century, and it will be very interesting to see what Leontius uses by way of criteria for identifying these things.
I’m preparing for my trip to Rome. I’ve made a list of Mithraic monuments that I hope to photograph. It looks as if I may be able to go to Ostia Antica as well!
On a less pleasant note, I’ve had to add additional security code to the Mithras site. The incessant attempts to hack my site show up in the log, and are sobering to see.
Rather foolishly – for I don’t enjoy reviewing books – I have agreed to review Tony Burke’s, Ancient gospel or modern forgery, the volume of papers from the “Secret Mark” conference. Wipf and Stock have started to send me stuff.
It will be interesting to see if any substantive reply has emerged to Stephen C. Carlson’s crushing demolition of the book. Carlson suggested that the book was a scholarly hoax rather than a forgery; a distinction of real importance, but not always noted by either his supporters or opponents.