B2. TRAVEL LITERATURE ON SOUTHEAST EUROPE AND THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN 15th-19th centuries - Pandektis
This collection is a database of Travel Literature on Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean (containing texts and illustrations) from the 15th to the 19th century.
West European travellers began to publish books on their travels in Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean at the end of the Middle Ages onwards. These publications are important for students of history, archaeology, economic and social history, ethnography, demography, historical geography, etc.
In 1988, the Institute for Neohellenic Research began work on the creation of a database that would systematise and process the vast, yet rare, material from the travel literature relating to this specific geographical area from the 15th to the 19th century. Researchers from the Department of Neohellenic Research and also external collaborators contributed by inputting data from libraries and private collections in Greece and abroad. The entries relate to the particular travel book, and include:
a) information of a bibliographical nature,
b) details on the traveller and his itinerary,
c) data files on illustration and
The visitors of the site may consult information relating to the travel texts and view bibliographical details and a description of the travellers concerned, the itineraries undertaken, the places described, a range of subject fields and dates of travel, plus relevant illustrative material included in the works, whether in printed or loose-leaf format. The database allows cross-reference from one field to another.
The database was redesigned in the context of "PANDEKTIS: Digital Thesaurus of Primary Sources for Greek History and Culture" so as to comply with international standards, and has been enriched with illustrative and bibliographical entries.
The database contains entries relating to printed publications (books and articles) or manuscripts by travellers, as well as illustrative material contained in them or in loose-leaf format (engravings illustrating landscapes, antiquities, human types, frontispieces of books, topographical plans, photographs, etc.).
There is intention to include over the next few years, all the approximately 5000 main printed titles of travel literature and the images contained in them. In the future, it will be expanded by the systematic inputting of articles in travel journals, mainly of the 19th century.