Guide to Greece : Central Greece
by Pausanias, Jeffery Lacey, John Newberry, Peter Levi
✅ Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Written in the 2nd century by a Greek traveller for a predominantly Roman audience, Pausanias Guide to Greece is an extraordinarily literate and knowledgeable guide.A study of buildings, traditions and myths, he accurately and eloquently describes the glory of classical Greece, shortly before its ultimate decline in the third century.This volume, the first, concerns the five provinces of central Greece, with an account of cities such as Athens, Corinth and Thebes and a convincing representation of the Oracle of Delphi.Along the way, Pausanias tells the Greek legends that are unknown to any other source and quotations, a wealth of classical literature and poetry that would otherwise have been lost.An inspiration to Byron and Shelley, the Guide to Greece remains one of the most influential travel books ever written.
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