The Periegesis (pronounced Peri-egesis ; from ancient Greek περιήγησις Periegesis , German , leading around ' ) or Periegese (accent on the last syllable) refers to the literary genre of ancient Greek descriptions of countries and artistic monuments. It is also used to describe a “structural moment in ancient travel reports [...]. A stranger comes to a town or a sanctuary, wanders around, looks at statues, altars and pictures, asks passers-by about their meaning, which in turn gives rise to interspersed anecdotes and excursions. "
The Periegesis was a kind of travel guide, usually with information on culture , landscape, religion or other abnormalities of the regions, cities or states visited. The first travelogue of this kind comes from the ancient historian Hekataios of Miletus . Other important representatives in antiquity were Polemon von Ilion and Pausanias .
The authors of such reports are called periegetes .
- Gero von Wilpert : Subject dictionary of literature (= Kröner's pocket edition . Volume 231). 7th, improved and enlarged edition. Kröner, Stuttgart 1989, ISBN 3-520-23107-7 , pp. 671-672.