I'm starting a new book tomorrow, but won't be blogging anything to do with it.
Years ago, a professor very 'kindly' offered to read my thesis for me. By accident, I discovered that he was speaking at a conference about a topic. I made a few (deliberate) mistakes in the draft I gave him - whoops - and, yes, he did include them in the paper he gave at the conference.
My research on Caryatids, was built on Plommer's - he re-interpreted the text to put the Vitruvian figures into a Doric context; I found the evidence to back him up. Someone recently published an article on Caryatids, which cited my article in passing in a few of the footnotes, in a way that might not have made clear how much of the information was lifted from my own article, but with numerous mistakes. Within a week of its publication several academics had emailed me a copy of it, with a "what the %&*£?" comment.
Over the years I've seen articles and papers I've given barely re-written, with the same arguments, published in others' names. I've also seen others' work, re-written and published under a new name - this often happens with research originally in Italian (for example, a long article on Libya turned into a book in English on tombs), for some reason, but I've also noted a Polish became ...
I know, I've just thrown a bit of a hissy fit about people pinching stuff. A colleague showed me some papers which clearly proved that someone I thought of as a friend (wrongly - whoops), was planning to "borrow" my research. I don't think that one should copyright ideas or history, just as I don't think curators should 'sit' on material. The fact that it was a friend bothered me most, but ... shit happens, and it will happen again.
The image illustrating this post makes the point about how I feel about my book. It comes from 14th century Syrian edition in the Ambrosiana of Al-Jahiz's Book of Animals. What makes the book interesting is that it seems to be an early accusation of plagiarism - although an incorrect one.
A few Classical writers borrowing others' works can be found here. And here. I don't want to 'lift' the research, so you'll have to follow the links yourself ...