Pausanias’ Aniconica

Milette Gaifman

in Aniconism in Greek Antiquity

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199645787
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741623 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture & Representation

Pausanias’ Aniconica

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This chapter examines Pausanias' Periegesis. Pausanias, the Greek travel writer of the second century ad, bequeathed to us the most detailed surviving account of aniconic monuments. In his Periegesis, the inartistic and crude are not overshadowed by the sumptuous and artful. Pausanias was particularly interested in material culture and ritual, and stelai and stones that stood out in the landscape he described for his reader were clearly deemed deserving of attention in their own right. Interrogation of Pausanias' account of these monuments reveals the various ways in which they rendered the divine and the mythological integral to Greek daily experience and demonstrates how their association with the past, and also with Greece's regions and localities, served to articulate second-century ad ideas of Hellenicity.

Keywords: Periegesis; aniconic monuments; aniconic; stones; stelai; Hellenicity; material culture; ritual; divine

Chapter.  16000 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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