Pausanias Travel and Memory in Roman Greece

ISBN-10: 0195171322

ISBN-13: 9780195171327

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Description: Pausanias, the Greek historian and traveler, lived and wrote around the second century AD, during the period when Greece had fallen peacefully to the Roman Empire. While fragments from this period 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.

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Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/9/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Pausanias traveled through Greece in the middle of the second century a.d. On the way, he wrote about his travels in 10 rich books, beginning at Athens and ending up at Delphi, the site of Apollo's ancient oracle. From his writings, it is clear that Pausanias also knew Palestine, Syria, Asia Minor (now Turkey), Egypt, and parts of Italy, including Rome. Pausanias liked especially to describe monumental art and architecture, much of it religious in nature. Pausanias routinely gave attention to the history and topography of the most important cities he visited. His descriptions of the wonders of nature reveal his own attitude of personal curiosity. Especially significant for the study of religions are his accounts of local ceremonies, superstitions, legends, and folklore. These are often not as detailed as one might like, but they are invaluable clues to the religious life of Greece in the middle of the second century.

Preface
Pausanias and His Periegesis, the Traveler and the Text
Pausanias's Periegesis as a Literary Construct
Date, Genre, and Readership
Pausanias and His Guides
Pausanias and the Traditions of Greek Pilgrimage
Commentary Reflections on Context
Commentary The Joys of Pausanias
Studies and Comparisons
Pausanias, Longinus, and the Second Sophistic
Art, Myth, and Travel in the Hellenistic World
Pausanias and the Chest of Kypselos
The Peculiar Book IV and the Problem of the Messenian Past
Commentary Creating Landscapes of Allusion
Commentary Another Laconian Past
Nachleben
Pausanias, Travelers, and the Narrative Landscape at Nemea
The Case of Colonel Leake
The Making and Breaking of Pausanias in Victorian Archaeology and Anthropology
Pausanias in Petticoats, or the Blue Jane
Commentary Chateaubriand's Rediscovery of Ancient Sparta
Commentary Travel, Nostalgia, and Pausanias's Giant
Coda A Pictorial Postscript
Notes
Bibliography
Contributors
Index of Cited Passages in Pausanias
General Index
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