Guide to Greece by Pausanias
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Guide to Greece
By Pausanias

Guide to Greece

Central Greece v. 1

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Translated by Peter Levi See other recent books by Peter Levi
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Guide to Greece by Pausanias

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Written in the second century AD by a Greek traveler for a predominantly Roman audience, Pausanias' "Guide to Greece" is an extraordinarily literate and well-informed guidebook. A study of buildings, traditions and myth, it describes with precision and eloquence the glory of classical Greece shortly before its ultimate decline in the third century. This volume, the first of two, concerns the five provinces of central Greece, with an account of cities including Athens, Corinth and Thebes and a compelling depiction of the Oracle at Delphi. Along the way, Pausanias recounts Greek legends that are unknown from any other source and quotes a wealth of classical literature and poetry that would otherwise have been lost. An inspiration to Byron and Shelley, the "Guide to Greece" remains one of the most influential travel books ever written.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140442250
ISBN-10: 0140442251
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 26mm)
Pages: 608
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Mar-1979
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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While fragments from the second century AD abound, Pausanias' Periegesis ('description') of Greece is the only fully preserved text of travel writing to have survived. This collection uses Pausanias as a multifaceted lens yielding indispensable information about the cultural world of Roman Greece.

Guide to Greece by Pausanias Guide to Greece, Paperback (March 1979)

Written by a Greek traveller in the second century for a principally Roman audience, "Pausanias' Guide to Greece" is a comprehensive guidebook concentrating on buildings, tombs and statues. It describes the myths, religious beliefs and historical background behind the monuments considered. This, second of two volumes, explores Southern Greece.

Description of Greece by Pausanias Description of Greece, Hardback (June 1977)

Pausanias (fl. 150 CE), one of the Roman world s great travelers, sketches in "Description of Greece" the history, geography, landmarks, legends, and religious cults of all the important Greek cities. He shares his enthusiasm for great sites, describing them with care and an accuracy confirmed by comparison with monuments that still stand today.

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Author Biography - Pausanias

Pausanias was a Greek geographer and native of Lydia who explored Greece, Macedonia, Asia and Africa, before settling in Rome. Pausanias is believed to have lived in the second half of the second century A.D. and is thought by some historians to have been a doctor as well as a scholar. Peter Levi was a Jesuit priest and archaelogical correspondent for The Times before his appointment as Professor of Poetry at Oxford. In addition to his translation of Pausanias he also published biographies of Tennyson, Edward Lear, Virgil, Horace and John Milton, and 22 volumes of poetry.

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