Guide to Greece: v. 1: Central Greece (Paperback)
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Short Description for Guide to Greece: v. 1 Offering a study of buildings, traditions and myth, this title describes the glory of Greece shortly before its ultimate decline in the third century.
- Published: 07 August 1984
- Format: Paperback 608 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780140442250 ISBN 10: 0140442251
- Sales rank: 94,623
Full description for Guide to Greece: v. 1
Written in the second century AD by a Greek traveler for a predominantly Roman audience, Pausanias' "Guide to Greece" is an extraordinarily literate and well-informed guidebook. A study of buildings, traditions and myth, it describes with precision and eloquence the glory of classical Greece shortly before its ultimate decline in the third century. This volume, the first of two, concerns the five provinces of central Greece, with an account of cities including Athens, Corinth and Thebes and a compelling depiction of the Oracle at Delphi. Along the way, Pausanias recounts Greek legends that are unknown from any other source and quotes 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.