Digital Periegesis

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The Digital Periegesis Project aims to trace, map and analyse Pausanias’s spatial (re)imagining of Greece by using semantic annotation to capture, organise, visualise and analyse the spatial form of Pausanias’s narrative and the forms of space within the narrative.


Periegesis Hellados is the title of a work by a certain Pausanias of Magnesia, who was writing in the second century CE/AD. Known in English as the Description of Greece, the term periegesis derives from the verb periēgeisthai, “to lead or show around”. It is this double sense of movement (through space) and description (of place) that we wish to explore in this digital periegesis.


In response to technical and conceptual challenges, the digital Periegesis team make use of a platform which facilitates working collaboratively with an openly licenced digital text of Pausanias’s Description. Developed by the Pelagios Network, Recogito an open access free-to-use browser-based platform, enables the researcher with no specialist coding skills to annotate space in documents and pictures.


  • Anna Foka, Department of ALM, Uppsala University. Humlab, Umeå University
  • Elton Barker, Department of Classical Studies, The Open University
  • Kyriaki Konstantinidou, Humlab, Umeå University
  • Nasrin Mostofian, Humlab, Umeå University
  • O.Cenk Demiroglu, Department of Geography, Umeå University
  • Brady Kiesling, ToposText, Athens, Greece
  • Linda Talatas, University Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France


  • Barker, E., Foka, A., & Konstantinidou, K. (2020). Coding for the Many, Transforming Knowledge for All: Annotating Digital Documents. PMLA, 135(1), 195-202. ""
  • Dunn, S., Earl, G., Foka, A., & Wootton, W. (2019). Spatial Narratives in Museums and Online: The Birth of the Digital Object Itinerary. In Museums and Digital Culture (pp. 253-271). Springer, Cham. ""
  • Foka, A., Barker, E., Konstantinidou, K., Åhlfeldt, J. (2019). ’Contemplating a Digital Periegesis’. DigHist – Perspectives on Digital History, edited by Nilsson S.E. Lund University Press. ""
  • Foka, A. Cocq. C. Buckland, P. and Gelfgren, S. (2020) ‘Mapping Socio-ecological Landscapes: Geovisualization as Method’, in Schuster, K. and Dunn, S. (eds) The International Handbook for Research Methods in Digital Humanities Methods., London and NY: Routledge. ""
  • Foka, A., Barker, E., Konstantinidou, K., Mostofian, N., Demiroglu, O. C., Kiesling, B., & Talatas, L. (2020, November). Semantically geo-annotating an ancient Greek" travel guide" Itineraries, Chronotopes, Networks, and Linked Data. In Proceedings of the 4th ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Geospatial Humanities (pp. 1-9). ""
  • Golub, K., Göransson, E., Foka, A., & Huvila, I. (2020). Digital humanities in Sweden and its infrastructure: Status quo and the sine qua non. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 35(3), 547-556. ""


The research project is hosted by Humlab at Umeå University. Humlab is a unit and a research infrastructure at the Faculty of Arts. The team consists of researchers currently located at Umeå and Uppsala University, Sweden, Open University, Great Britain, Athens, Greece and France. The project is generously funded by the Marcus and Amalia research foundation for three years (2018-2021).


  • Nasrin Mostofian