Pausanias. Description of Greece. First Book

21 january, 2022≈ 2 min read


Maria de Fátima Silva


Pausanias is our only testimony to periegetic literature and the author of a precious account of Greece under Roman occupation (2nd century AD). His description is that of someone who has travelled and synthetizes what he 'saw', with a gaze that is not only that of a curious tourist, but of an intellectual who has a solid cultural background and extensive information, as a result of a careful collection of all kinds of sources, oral and written.

We owe an enormous debt to Pausanias: that of having saved a ballast of monuments, historical events, figures and traditions which, without him, would have been definitively erased from the memory of mankind.

Publication Date

January 21, 2022

Available at Biblioteca Classica Digitalia