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Pausanias: Travel and Memory in Roman Greece by Pausanias

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By Pausanias

Pausanias, the Greek historian and traveller, lived and wrote round the moment century advert, throughout the interval whilst Greece had fallen peacefully to the Roman Empire. whereas fragments from this era abound, Pausanias' Periegesis ("description") of Greece is the single absolutely preserved textual content of go back and forth writing to have survived. This assortment makes use of Pausanias as a multifaceted lens yielding crucial information regarding the cultural international of Roman Greece.

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It also produced writers of all sorts in greater number than mainland Greece. On the other hand, mainland Greece had the greater authority as a repository of Greek tradition and as a living monument to the Greek past. It was from mainland Greece that Greeks sailed to take Troy; it was from mainland Greece that colonists settled Asia Minor; it was in mainland Greece that Darius and Xerxes were resisted; it was the collapse of mainland Greek cities before Macedon that could be seen as the end of an era of Greek independence.

6) as saying that Megalopolis resembles Thurii and Athens (about which Aelian is writing) in having a cult of Boreas: Paysan a˜ d¤ whsin 0ti ␬a Megalopoli&tai (and Pausanias 30 Pausanias and His Periegesis says that the people of Megalopolis also do so). The authenticity of this sentence was questioned in 1668 by Faber in his edition of Aelian, but for no compelling reason. 46 I would like, very tentatively, to suggest a third ancient reader, Longus. 3, Longus begins with a brief account of miraculous sights and sounds perceived toward the end of the day of her capture: 4rti d payom¤nh˜ h^ m¤ra˜ ␬a th & ˜ t¤rcev˜ e\ ˜ n‡␬ta lhgo‡sh˜, aιwn dion me¡n & n v^ ˜ h^ gh & pa & sa e\ dfi␬ei l¿mpesuai pyr , ␬t‡po˜ d h\ ␬fiyeto r^ fiuio˜ ␬vpv e\ pipl¤onto˜ meg¿loy stfiloy.

13 The last of Pausanias’s named expounders is Aristarchos of Elis, who “told” him (elegen, again an imperfect) a story about a corpse, or rather a skeleton, found when the roof of the Heraion at Olympia was being repaired about a generation before. ” Discussing the bones of giants, he refers to his experience at Temenouthyrae in upper Lydia. When bones were discovered there of human shape but superhuman size, “a story got out among the many (logos e¯lthen es tous pollous) that it was the corpse of Geryon, son of Chrysaos.

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