[Wikimedia-l] Longest living hoax?

Federico Leva (Nemo) nemowiki at gmail.com
Tue Mar 5 17:10:02 UTC 2013

Nathan, 05/03/2013 18:00:
> Anything that is obscure is going to take a long time to discover. I
> don't think history is special in that regard; problem is one of
> having it come to the attention of someone sufficiently expert enough
> to know for sure it's fake. If it seems technical and esoteric, most
> people will assume its true or be skeptical but not sure enough to
> challenge.

Come on, seriously? I'd agree in general, but "Gaius Flavius Antoninus, 
supposed assassin of Julius Caesar" is definitely not something 
technical and esoteric... It's one of the most famous events in 
(western) human history, Dante's Inferno is read in USA perhaps even 
more than in Italy etc.


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