Updated the eastern Spartan city map up to 3.16.2. The next 9 chapters contain more spartan and Messenian buildings, the current focus is getting a map of the ancient city of Sparta. [info]
Worked on 4.14 - 4.15 by accident at first so that is all marked up. I made my way back to 3.14 to continue grinding the tombs and sanctuary placements. They are becoming much easier to place as I have more of them on the Mercator Vertex. Using the same sources as previous blogs.
Small note on an issue in Pausanias. Greg has coded it so that we do not receive validation errors from things in "Quote" markup. Since quotes don't currently show up on the site we do not have to mark them up correctly as of now. This will be discussed more in the future with Dr. Bowman.
Happy new year!
Came across a source source to help with the placement of structures within the ancient city of Sparta. Pausanias' account can often be vague using words like "near" and "opposite" to describe locations. THe source is from 1893 and has some detailed drawings that reference locations we can still see today. The authors name is Nicholas Crosby and the stable link is below.
Spartan Topography: https://www.jstor.org/stable/496068
Every time this source is used to place something in Sparta, put a note saying it was used.
Pausanias consistently refers to locations such as temples, sanctuaries, towns or tombs that may have once existed but there is no other evidence. In many cases you can gather a rough idea of the location, but pinpointing it on a map is impossible, In this case we will still give the location markup, but we will use the coordinates of the smallest known region. A good example of this is is something i came across today:
"There is also a sanctuary of Maron and of Alpheius" -Pausanias 3.12.9
Now we know two things:
1)from context and the paragraph proceeding it we know it is near the temple of Artemis in Sparta
2)There are no other records of the sanctuary, but we know they are distinguished Spartans in the battle of Thermopylae
Since we can't give a pinpoint location for the sanctuary I will mark it up as being in Sparta and leave a description that says:
There is not enough evidence to give an exact location.
Worked on Pausanias 3.12. Started to place sanctuaries and heroic monuments within the ancient city of sparta. Using barrington, primary sources other than paus and topographic maps as reference to place them. Slow progress through this section. At some point myself or someone else will need to go back through pausanias and change all of the markup on sanctuaries. They have been marked up wrong. Example:
Temple of *markup*Artemis*markup*
It should really be a location so we need to add a new place and get coordinates, the new ID would be:
*markup*Temple of Artemis*markup*
Markup Paus 3.10 to the start of 3.11. He finishes the Spartan king lineage and moves into a walkabout of the southern Peloponnese. Many new places to add.