An Introduction to Chorographia

Chorographia (derives from Greek choros “country” and grapho “to write”), is a rhetorical device solely concerned with the designation of a written (grapho) description covering a particular district or region (choros), perhaps a country.

The chorographia as a rhetorical device is typically employed for the chorographic descriptions of regional or national landmarks which can be verbally or visually represented.

Examples — Below are practical examples, excerpts from Castaways, a book by Álvar Núñez Cabeza de VacaOpens in new window.

  • “‘The people of the nation’ wore their hair loose and very long and were covered in cloaks made of sable skins...”
    —(Cabeza de Vaca 35).
  • “The land is level for the most part, from the place where we disembarked to this town and land of Apalachee; the ground is sand and also loam, everywhere there are large trees and clearings in which there are walnut trees and bay trees and others of the kind called gum trees...”
    — (Cabeza de Vaca 12).
Further Readings:
Silver Rhetoricae, Figures by Gideon O. Burton | ChorographiaOpens in new window
Wikipedia | ChorographiaOpens in new window
Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca, Castaways. Los Angeles, CA. University of California Press. 1993. Print.