Pausanias (Greek: Παυσανίας) was a Greek traveller, geographer and historian of the 2nd century AD (circa 110 AD – c. 180 AD) who lived in the time of the Roman emperors Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, and Marcus Aurelius.
He is famous for his lengthy work Description of Greece (Ancient Greek: Ἑλλάδος Περιήγησις, Hellados Periegesis). It describes ancient Greece from his firsthand observations. This work provides crucial information for making links between classical literature and modern archaeology.
Although his work has little literary value, he is now considered a valuable source of historical information about the topography, monuments and local cults of ancient Greece. It has reached us intact and is regarded as the first known tour guide. So, he tells his stay in Athens, describes the Olympic Games, the Doric temples and the Greek mythology.
When in the 18th century European travellers, especially British and Germans, began to travel to Greece and rediscover this civilization, they used the work of Pausanias as a guide. It allowed the identification of the Olympia site, the Delphi site and, in general, the great Greek archaeological sites.
Very good condition.
Pages: 2 + 624 + 256
- Number of Books
- Author/ Illustrator
- Book Title
- Decem regionum veteris Graeciae descriptio. Tomus Primus.
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition Thus
- Original language
- Apud Sebastianum de Honoratis. Lugduni.
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 13×9 cm