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Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion: Volume I: Early Greek Religion

Andrej Petrovic and Ivana Petrovic

Abstract

This book takes a radically new look at the ancient Greek notions of purity and pollution. Its main concern is the inner state of individual worshippers as they approach the gods and interact with the divine realm in a ritual context. It is a book about Greek worshippers’ inner attitudes towards the gods and rituals, and about what kind of inner attitude the Greek gods were envisaged to expect from their worshippers. In the wider sense, it is a book about the role of belief in ancient Greek religion. By exploring the Greek notions of inner purity and pollution from Hesiod to Plato, we bring to ... More

Keywords: morality and religion, purity, pollution, ritual, belief, miasma, agos, metaphysical purity and pollution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198768043
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768043.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrej Petrovic, author
Reader, Department of Classics and Ancient History, Durham University

Ivana Petrovic, author
Senior Lecturer, Department of Classics and Ancient History, Durham University