Miasma: Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion by Robert ParkerMiasma: Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion by Robert Parker

Miasma: Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion

byRobert Parker

Paperback | April 30, 1999

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Anyone who has sampled even a few of the most commonly read Greek texts will have encountered pollution. The pollution of bloodshed is a frequent theme of tragedy: Orestes is driven mad; Oedipus brings plague upon all Thebes. In historical texts we find cities intervening in the internalaffairs of others to `drive out the pollution', or making war on account of it. Political orators represent their opponents as polluting demons. Purity is a constant concern in ritual texts, and any Greek underwent many small purifications in his everyday life. Certain abnormal religiousmovements of the archaic age made `purification' the path to felicity in the afterlife. First published in hardback in 1983, Miasma is the first work in English to treat this theme in detail.
Robert Parker is at Oriel College, Oxford.
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Title:Miasma: Pollution and Purification in Early Greek ReligionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198147422

ISBN - 13:9780198147428

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This was the first work in English to treat the themes of pollution and purification in depth and has become a classic. It brings together the different categories of evidence while doing justice to the diversity and complexity of the phenomenon.

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`[Parker's] substantial and important book has set new standards of perceptiveness and subtlety, quite apart from its sheer learning, in this difficult but rich and revealing field of study.'Times Literary Supplement