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A Student Commentary on Pausanias Book 1 (Michigan Classical Commentaries)

ISBN: 9780472052103
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: 2014-12-09
Number of pages: 242
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Patrick Paul Hogan's A Student Commentary on Pausanias, Book 1, introduces the first book of Pausanias' "Description of Greece" to students of Classical Greek. Pausanias' second century CE work is the only surviving ancient description of the monuments and artwork of mainland Greece. Book 1 of the "Description" covers Athens, its demes, and Megara--that is, Attica, the heart of the ancient Greek world. It offers not only a walking description of buildings, statues, and artwork by an ancient traveler but also insight into the mindset of an educated Greek of the Roman imperial age: his reaction to Roman domination and Classical Greek history and culture, his deeply felt religious beliefs, and his ideas regarding Hellenism and Hellenic identity.
This textbook, the first on Pausanias aimed at students in almost a century, brings Pausanias back into the classroom for a new generation of readers. It is based on the Greek text edited by Rocha-Pereira and includes philological and historical commentary by Patrick Paul Hogan. A Student Commentary on Pausanias, Book 1aims at elucidating difficult syntax and helping the reader with the immense number of names and places Pausanias mentions. This volume is suitable for students of Classical Greek at the graduate and undergraduate levels, whether Classical philologists or Classical archaeologists and art historians. Professors of archaeology will find this textbook an excellent starting point for any course on Pausanias and easily supplemented by their own knowledge of material remains and modern finds.

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