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Periegetes, Perihegetes
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(περιηγήτης/perihēgḗtēs, guide to strangers’). The periegetes was primarily a tourist institution, an insight into whose activities is provided by Plutarch (Plut. Mor. 395a; 396c; 397d; 400d; 400f; 401e). This gave rise to the antiquarian genre of peri(h)ḗgēsis, particularly popular during the Hellenistic period, in which the guiding of strangers by a periegetes took on a literary form in prose or verse; closely related to this was the travel story, i.e. the account of an actual journey, which could be used by others as a travel guide (e.g. Peregrinatio ad loca san…

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Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart), “Periegetes, Perihegetes”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e913830>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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