Summary Post for Pausanius. February 27
I am officially moving away from the Pausanius project. Following is a summary of where I have left off, the work completed and any outlying issues that I have had that are still not resolved.
I ended my work on 14.7. That means that everything up to the end of Chapter 14 has been proofed and events have been created for them. That is not to say there are not errors, many times when I would return to a past Chapter of the text, I would find links not created or spelling mistakes.
Chapters 15 has been proofed but that is it. All beyond that has not been touched.
Pausanius events that I have created begin at line 38965, where I have commented out that "the following events are from Pausanius".
Pausanius tends to be a subjective historian. Often parts of his records are correct whereas others are either dead wrong, embellished, or with different characters than the majority of other sources confirm. Therefore at this point I began to quickly fact check the events that I was entering into Pausanius. The term "quickly" means that I googled it and found evidence in at least Wikipedia to reinforce P's claim. If it was still vague, then I would search for another sources aside from Wiki. Be careful to check citations when using Wiki as a source, often it will have cited Pausanius for the event you are fact checking.
After verifying or disproving the information found in Pausanius, I then attributed it a confidence rating. "0" being that there was no confidence Pausanius was correct and "1" being that he was absolutely correct. A lot of ratings fall somewhere in between.
The confidence ratings begin at line 40280.This means that there are events previous to these that need to be attributed a rating. You may come across events that have a "type=mythical/historical". This was an earlier method that we decided to abandon in favour of confidence ratings. These should be erased and replaced with a confidence rating.
I have been adding sculptors, poets and philosophers into events at the bequest of Dr. Bowman. For example, if "Pausanius says Preixeles scultped the statue of Athena", I record that as an event. However, there have been a few events that I added within this context that I felt were on the line. That may need to be double checked. Also at 12.4 there is mention of Homer and what he has written. I haven't added it because I have been on the fence about it. It needs a second look.
There are 3 current known issues with places: Macedonia, Palestine and Island of Patroklus need to be fixed. However, Greg was going to take on Macedonia because it was not easily solvable.
Within the text of Pausanius itself, the first letter of each paragraph runs into the text. This needs to be fixed (using padding?)
Here are the list of blog entries that I created citing errors in Pausanius for reference:
I think that's it! If I think of more, I will add it to this blog post.