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Pausanias

Greek traveler and geographer who toured the entirety of the Greek Peloponnesus, his Description of Greece served generally as a tourist guidebook and is useful for information on Greece under the Romans, though certainly is not a great work of literature.

He writes with a particular interest in religious sites and structures down to the smallest details. "Before the entrance to the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus--Hadrian the Roman emperor dedicated the temple and the statue, one worth seeing, which in size exceeds all other statues save the colossi at Rhodes and Rome, and is made of ivory and gold with an artistic skill which is remarkable when the size is taken into account."
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Works:
Description of Greece

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The classical scholar Sir James Frazer said of Pausanias: “without him the ruins of Greece would for the most part be a labyrinth without a clue, a riddle without an answer.”



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