At that time there was no dictionary of any language and literature to be compared with this for exhaustiveness and accuracy.
It does not pretend to exhaustiveness, though it will be found somewhat exhausting.
The exhaustiveness with which an author treats any subject depends, first, on his knowledge.
Perhaps its chief quality is best described as that of exhaustiveness.
Pausanias makes no claim to exhaustiveness; he selected what was best worth noticing (τὰ ἀξιολογώτατα).
But this exhaustiveness of execution has different meanings according to the stand-points of those for whom it is made.
The specimens were taken mostly from the miscellaneous shore collections, and there is no claim to exhaustiveness.