The Digital Pausanias Project is a web-based interactive exploration of the Greek writer Pausanias’ second century CE travelogue, Descriptions of Greece. This ten-book geography recounts Pausanias’ travels through Greece, including accounts of architecture, sculpture, history, and mythology in the regions that Pausanias visited. The Digital Pausanias Project combines an English translation of Pausanias’ Greek text, with interactive features and a map to allow users to trace his narrative through Greece and through particular Greek cities. Names and locations are presented as clickable links that allow users to move through a corresponding Google satellite driven map. Commentary and additional content, including additional images of buildings or archaeological remains, links to other historical accounts, or web-based resources, is also included on the map. Viewers can explore the built, mythological, and imagined landscapes of ancient Greece by following Pausanias through his texts, or by exploring the map unbounded by the narrative.
The Digital Pausanias Project is a collaborative, undergraduate focused work under the direction of Robyn Le Blanc. The project has two main goals: first, to offer a dynamic, interactive and illustrated text of Pausanias’ Descriptions of Greece which is accessible to undergraduates, the general public, and non-specialist researchers; second, to serve as a tool to provide the context, framework, skills, and opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research on the ancient world, whether in large lecture courses, or in upper-level major-specific courses. Many of the entries and annotations in the DPP will include significant undergraduate student contributions, with pilot implementation occurring in spring 2018.