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Pausanias
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In the ten books of his Περιήγησις τῆς ῾Ελλάδος/Periḗgēsis tḗs Helládos, Pausanias records a journey through various sites of mainland Greece. Writing in Greek, he conducts Romans and Romanized Greeks on a tour of an imagined ancient Greece. Since he has seen everything himself and has inquired critically into the earliest traditions (c. 155–180 ce), he claims to be the true expert on the original religion of Greece (I, 1). As an interpreter of that religion, he avers his superiority to the local guides, because he focused his attention primarily…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Pausanias”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024425>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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