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    DescriptionAnyone 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 internal affairs 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 religious movements 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.

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    Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Parker
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    ISBN 13: 9780198147428
    ISBN 10: 0198147422

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC E4L: LIT
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP, DSBB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: RL
    Libri: I-RL
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    BISAC V2.8: PHI002000, HIS002010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15770
    DC22: 292
    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA, 1QDAG
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 292.446
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, QRS
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Clarendon Press
    Publication date
    23 May 1996
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Robert Parker is Fellow and Tutor in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature at Oriel College, Oxford. Dr. Parker is also the author of Athenian Religion: A History (OUP, 1996).
    Review quote
    'This book is packed with information, most lucidly and judiciously presented, and should be of great interest not only to Classicists (who often know less of this important area than they should), but to anthropologists and sociologists in general (a knowledge of Greek is not required, since everything essential is translated)." Hermathena 'anyone who seriously wishes to know about Greek ethics and culture will need to refer to this book' London Review of Books '[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
    Back cover copy
    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.