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Inner purity and pollution in Greek religion. Volume I, Early Greek religion

Author: Andrej Petrovic; Ivana Petrovic
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Was Ancient Greek religion really 'mere ritualism'? Early Christians denounced the pagans for the disorderly plurality of their cults, and reduced Greek religion to ritual and idolatry. This book  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrej Petrovic; Ivana Petrovic
ISBN: 9780198768043 0198768044
OCLC Number: 962408653
Awards: Winner of Shortlisted for the 2017 Runciman Award.
Description: 1 volume ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. I EPIC VIEW --
1. Hesiod on Moral Badness as Impurity --
pt. II INNER PURITY AND POLLUTION IN PRE-PLATONIC PHILOSOPHICAL TRADITION --
2. Pythagoras on Purity of Soul and Sacrificial Ritual --
3. Heraclitus on Purification: Inner Purity and Sacrifice after Pythagoras --
4. Empedocles on Inner Pollution and Purity: Release from Suffering, Prayer, and Mental Exercise --
pt. III INNER PURITY AND POLLUTION IN SYMPOTIC SETTINGS --
5. Xenophanes on Good Thinking while Drinking --
6. Theognidea on Straight Minds and Moral Purity --
pt. IV INNER PURITY AND POLLUTION ON THE CENTRAL STAGE: THE EVIDENCE OF DRAMA --
7. Tragic Outlook on Ritual: Preliminaries --
8. Aeschylus on Mental Pollution: The Oresteia and the Suppliants --
9. Sophocles' Sophrosyne, Unsound Thinking, and Pollution --
10. Euripides on the Extremes of Purity and Pollution: Hippolytus, Orestes, Electra, and the Bacchae --
11. Aristophanes' `Pure Mind' --
pt. V DIFFERENT KIND OF INNER PURITY --
12. Inner Purity and Pollution in the Beyond: The Evidence of the Gold Leaves.
Other Titles: Early Greek religion
Responsibility: Andrej Petrovic and Ivana Petrovic.

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This survey is useful for anyone grappling with the concepts of religious purity or pollution, or focussing on any of the authors discussed. Volume II is keenly anticipated. * Chris Mowat, Classics Read more...

 
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