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A. Life and work

Little is known for certain about the life or person of E. (also Etheria, Aetheria). Sparse information from secondary sources must be combined with the little that can be taken or deduced from her work [1]. In her epistolary travelogue, which is usually called the Itinerarium Egeriae (= I.E., also Peregrinatio Egeriae), E. is the first woman to describe from her own perspective her pilgrimage to the Holy Land, starting probab…

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Gross, Daniel, “Egeria”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 15 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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