Guide to Greece

Guide to Greece

Volume 2: Southern Greece

Illustrator: John Newberry
Translator: Peter Levi

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140442267
  • 560 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


The second volume of the time-honored travel book about Greece, written 2,000 years ago

Written by a Greek traveller in the second century ad for a principally Roman audience, Pausanias’ Guide to Greece is a comprehensive, extraordinarily literate and well-informed guidebook for tourists of the age. Concentrating on buildings, tombs and statues, it also describes in detail the myths, religious beliefs and historical background behind the monuments considered. In doing so, it preserves Greek legends, quotes classical literature and poetry that would otherwise have been lost, and offers a fascinating depiction of the glory of classical Greece immediately before its third-century decline. This, the second of two volumes, explores Southern Greece including Sparta, Arkadia, Bassae and the games at Olympia. An inspiration to travellers and writers across the ages, including Byron and Shelley, it remains one of the most influential of all travel books.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Table of Contents

Guide to Greece 1: Central GreeceList of Figures
List of Maps and Plans

Book I: Attica

Book II: Corinth and the Argolid

Book III: Achaia

Book IV: Boiotia

Book V: Phokis

Appendix: The Successors of Alexander and their Wars
Select Bibliography

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