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Describing Greece

Describing Greece
Landscape and Literature in the Periegesis of Pausanias

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Part of Greek Culture in the Roman World

  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521847209

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  • William Hutton provides the first exhaustive literary study of the Periegesis Hellados, the most important example of non-fictional travel literature in ancient Greek, to appear in nearly one hundred years. He examines Pausanias' arrangement and expression of his material and evaluates his authorial choices in light of the contemporary literary currents of the day and the cultural milieu of the Roman empire in the time of Hadrian and the Antonines. The descriptions offered in the Periegesis Hellados are also examined in the context of the archaeological evidence available for the places Pausanias visited.

    • Offers the first major study in almost a century of the most important work of non-fictional travel literature in ancient Greek
    • Examines the work against its literary and cultural background and against the archaeological remains of the places it describes
    • Addresses key questions of the nature of Greek identity in the Roman Empire
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    "It is a very welcome addition to the recent scholarship on Pausanias and his work." --BMCR

    This is a work of solid scholarship. Hutton is an elegant and clear writer who has produced a book extremely useful to both scholars and students. It will inspire scholars to read Pausanias cover to cover instead of consulting only certain passages relevant to their research." - Anthony J. Papalas, East Carolina University, Classical Bulletin

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    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521847209
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 12 maps 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Pausanias' world
    3. Designing the Periegesis
    4. Marking territories
    5. City descriptions
    6. The landscapes of language
    7. Sui generis
    8. A periegete's progress.

  • Author

    William Hutton, College of William and Mary, Virginia
    William Hutton is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at the College of William & Mary, Virginia. He has published articles on classical studies in Minos and Ancient History Bulletin.

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