The Construction of Religious Space in Pausanias
This chapter examines the way Pausanias, the 2nd century CE author of the Periegesis of Greece, constructs a religious landscape, focussing on his account of Corinth. It starts from the observation that Pausanias faced a difficulty in trying to harmonise his description of Corinth with the rest of his Greek topography in so far as, having been destroyed by the Romans and refounded as a Roman colony, it was one of the most conspicuous emblems of Roman domination on the Greek mainland. The chapter shows how Pausanias solves the problem by employing a range of discursive strategies (exclusion, transformation, arrangement and contextualization) whose culminative aim is to represent Corinth as far more Greek than it actually was.
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