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On Proofs, Giants, and Antiquarians

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In 1569, as the rebellion against Spain inflamed the Flanders, the Catholic antiquarian Goropius Becanus dedicated to the Duke of Alba, then commander of the Spanish troops, a treatise entitled Gigantomachia. There, the scholar argued that giants were those humans who opposed political authority, and thus God by extension, and for this reason deserved to be annihilated. When it came to discussing the finding of enormous bones that had traditionally been associated with giants, however, Goropius reveals an unexpected skepticism toward the beliefs that surrounded these legendary creatures. Becanus' work elicited a polemical response from the Spanish historian and antiquarian Alphonso Chacòn, who wrote a hitherto unnoticed treatise in manuscript to refuse Becanus' thesis and confirm the existence of giants. This work raises several questions about the concept of evidence, both visual and literary; the category of truth; and the very status of experience.
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Rebecchini, Guido. "On Proofs, Giants, and Antiquarians" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p480720_index.html>

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Rebecchini, G. "On Proofs, Giants, and Antiquarians" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p480720_index.html

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Abstract: In 1569, as the rebellion against Spain inflamed the Flanders, the Catholic antiquarian Goropius Becanus dedicated to the Duke of Alba, then commander of the Spanish troops, a treatise entitled Gigantomachia. There, the scholar argued that giants were those humans who opposed political authority, and thus God by extension, and for this reason deserved to be annihilated. When it came to discussing the finding of enormous bones that had traditionally been associated with giants, however, Goropius reveals an unexpected skepticism toward the beliefs that surrounded these legendary creatures. Becanus' work elicited a polemical response from the Spanish historian and antiquarian Alphonso Chacòn, who wrote a hitherto unnoticed treatise in manuscript to refuse Becanus' thesis and confirm the existence of giants. This work raises several questions about the concept of evidence, both visual and literary; the category of truth; and the very status of experience.


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