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Miasma : Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion - Robert Parker


Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion

Paperback Published: 22nd March 1990
ISBN: 9780198147428
Number Of Pages: 432

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Most of the commonly read Greek texts address "pollution". The pollution theme appears in tragedies, historical texts, and political oratory. Purity is a constant concern in ritual texts, and Greeks underwent many small purifications in their everyday lives. Certain archaic religious movements even made "purification" the path to felicity in the afterlife. First published in 1983, Miasma is the first work in English to treat this theme in detail.

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"A lucid, judicious, and well-documented assessment of the relevant literary and inscriptional evidence, which is characterized by enormous diversity in time, geographical reference, and genre....A significant and permanent contribution, this book warrants and should enjoy a wide
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1996 Prefacep. v
Abbreviations and Editionsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Purification: A Science Of Divisionp. 18
Birth and Deathp. 32
The Works Of Aphroditep. 74
The Shedding Of Bloodp. 104
Sacrilegep. 144
Curses, Family Curses, And The Structure Of Rightsp. 191
Disease, Bewitchment And Purifiersp. 207
Divine Vengeance And Diseasep. 235
Purifying The Cityp. 257
Purity And Salvationp. 281
Some Scenes From Tragedyp. 308
Epiloguep. 322
The Greek for Taboop. 328
The Cyrene Cathartic Lawp. 332
Problems Concerning 'Enter Pure from . . .' Requirements in Sacred Lawsp. 352
Animals and Foodp. 357
The Ritual Status of the Justified Killer at Athensp. 366
The Ritual of Purification from Homicidep. 370
Exile and Purification of the Killer in Greek Mythp. 375
Gods Particularly Concerned with Purityp. 393
Indexesp. 395
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ISBN: 9780198147428
ISBN-10: 0198147422
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 22nd March 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.87  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.5