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Description of Greece, Volume II

Description of Greece, Volume II

Books 3–5 (Laconia, Messenia, Elis 1)


Translated by W. H. S. Jones and H. A. Ormerod

ISBN 9780674992078

Publication date: 01/01/1926

Antiquity’s original travel guide.

Pausanias, born probably in Lydia in Asia Minor, was a Greek of the second century AD, about 120–180, who traveled widely not only in Asia Minor, Palestine, Egypt, and North Africa, but also in Greece and in Italy, including Rome. He left a description of Greece in ten books, which is like a topographical guidebook or tour of Attica, the Peloponnese, and central Greece, filled out with historical accounts and events and digressions on facts and wonders of nature. His chief interest was in monuments of art and architecture, especially the most famous of them; the accuracy of his descriptions is proved by surviving remains.

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Pausanias is in five volumes; the fifth volume contains maps, plans, illustrations, and a general index.


  • William Henry Samuel Jones (1876–1963) was an ancient historian and President of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.
  • Henry Ardene Ormerod (1886–1964) was Professor of Greek at the University of Liverpool.

Book Details

  • 560 pages
  • 1-3/16 x 4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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