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  1. Default Simonides passes away in 1890

    Here is some of the various documentation on the 1890 passing of Simonides.

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    What year did Simonides die? 1867 or 1890?
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    1890 seems to be the case.

    Here you can see the San Francisco obituary that came over from London:

    San Francisco Call
    https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC18901019.2.43

    SIMONIDES. A dispatch from London announces the death of the noted forger of Greek manuscripts, Simoniides, which took place in Albania. His operations in these manuscripts and in Syrian antiquities made a great noise in the world at the time. A few vears ago be swindled Ismail Pasha out of a large sum of money for forged manuscript copies of Aristotle's works.
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    What is really interesting is the report, from Tregelles, that Simonides was working in the Russian Historical Archives in St. Petersburg in the late 1860s.
    St. Petersburg was where much of the Tischendorf Sinaiticus intrigue occurred.

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    Lectures on the Evidences of Revealed Religion (1890)
    George Washington Dean
    https://books.google.com/books?id=pAE8AAAAYAAJ&pg=PA311

    "Simonides was an accomplished calligraphist, and had been employed by Tischendorf, with whom he quarrelled. When Tischendorf, in 1860, issued his first facsimiles of the Sinaitic manuscript, Simonides boldly declared that he had himself written the whole of it, between November, 1839, and August, 1840, for his uncle Benedict, copying from a printed Moscow Bible, and imitating the antique style, as he well knew how."
    Lots of possible interesting relationships between Tischendorf and Simonides.

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    There may also be some interesting material about the later years in an article in Russia recently, that was also used in an Italian article. Louis Canfora used
    research from Igor Medvedev:
    http://www.purebibleforum.com/showthread.php?176-the-Russians-hire-Simonides-to-prepare-historical-documents-after-the-1867-fake-obituary

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    Here is the much longer New York Sun article, printed in The Locomotive of Hartford, CT, in November 15, 1890:

    New York Sun
    https://archive.org/stream/locomotive11hart#page/170/mode/2up
    http://lhldigital.lindahall.org/utils/getfile/collection/rrjournal/id/4444/filename/4547.pdf

    p. 166
    p. 170-172

    The account of the proceedings of the Hon. Alcibiades Simonides, given on another page, is very suggestive. We know a certain number of the forgeries that were perpetrated by him, but what security have we that he may not have been still more successful in other ventures, producing and selling rare old manuscripts that have not yet been recognized as fraudulent ? And what security have we that there have not been other equally cunning rascals at work in the past, whose productions were less likely to be shown up in their true light, because scholars were less critical ?
    The pic (see on Facebook for now) is the above, p. 166, for the main part to to the url above:

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    Also from the New York Sun, with blaring headlines:

    An Erudite Rascal...
    https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=DAC18901109.2.117

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    London Times, Oct 18, 1890.
    Needs a free 7-day trail.
    https://www.fold3.com/document/269537757/

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    The Churchman - Vol 62
    https://books.google.com/books?id=_WgxAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA13-PA9

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    The Classical Review (2009)The Artemidorus Papyrus
    Richard Janko review of Louis Canfora
    https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.paginasc.it/prodotti/gestione/allegato/classical_review.pdf

    In 1867 he faked his own death: the Times printed a report that he perished from leprosy in Alexandria on 19 October, but he was seen still alive years afterwards, both in Russia (Tregelles loc. cit.) and in Egypt, where he supposedly died in 1890 (Times, 18 October). But is there in fact reason to think that more of his work, hitherto unknown, has resurfaced?
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    Egypt may be a Canfora or Janko error, rather than Albania.

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