Scott McGill, professor of Classical Studies, joined with John Hopkins, formerly assistant professor of Art History at Rice, to host the conference “Valuing Forgery: Ancient Rome between Authenticity and Fraud” on February 21-22, 2019. The conference was a follow-up to the year-long Rice Seminar on the topic in 2017-18, which Profs. McGill and Hopkins co-directed through Rice’s Humanities Research Center. The conference examined forgery in literature and art, focusing on the ancient Roman world: papers treated forgeries both in Roman antiquity and of Roman antiquity, including medieval, early modern, and modern forgeries. The fifteen presenters offered interdisciplinary perspectives on the history of forgery and on interpretive questions that forgery raises. An animating idea was to explore the work that forgeries do beyond deceiving and defrauding an audience. This led to examination of the value of forgeries: conference participants explored how they possess aesthetic, historical, and critical value both before and after detection, and how complex the mechanisms are for identifying forgeries and, thus, assigning financial value to them. The next step in the project is to turn the conference papers into an edited volume.