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eBook Miasma: Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion (Clarendon Paperbacks) epub
  • ISBN: 0198147422
  • Author: Robert Parker
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: World Literature
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press (May 23, 1996)
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • ePUB size: 1256 kb
  • FB2 size 1212 kb
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The most important book on Greek religion to appear in many years. This was the first work in English to treat the themes of pollution and purification in depth and has become a classic.

The most important book on Greek religion to appear in many years. -The Classical Outlook. This excellent study is not for literary students alone: any Hellenist, whatever his chosen field, is likely to find illumination in i. -The Classical World. It brings together the different categories of evidence while doing justice to the diversity and complexity of the phenomenon.

Home Browse Books Book details, Miasma: Pollution and Purification in Early Greek. Most of the commonly read Greek texts address "pollution. Publisher: Clarendon Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1983. Miasma: Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion. 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 religiousmovements even made "purification" the path to felicity in the afterlife.

Anyone who has sampled even a few of the most commonly read Greek texts will have encountered pollution

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. Purity is a constant concern in ritual texts, and any Greek underwent many small purifications in his everyday life.

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T O T H E M EM ORY Pollution and. OF MY M O TH ER Purification in early Greek Religion

T O T H E M EM ORY Pollution and. OF MY M O TH ER Purification in early Greek Religion. 2 Miasma 3 Introduction hypothesis th a t describes the spiritual history of early Greece as ity would be in happy contrast to the am biguity7 which sur­ a transition ‘from sham e culture to guilt culture’. 5 Still in the rounds the concept of pollution in anthropological literature. sphere of values, a question arises about the relation of pollution T h.

Similar books and articles. Miasma Robert Parker: Miasma. Greek Religion M. P. Nilsson: A History of Greek Religion. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1949. Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion. Pp. 316. Cloth, 15s. Net. M. Nilsson: The Minoan-Mycenean Religion and its Survival in Greek Religion.

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Robert C. T. Parker, FBA (born 1950) is a British historian of the ancient world specialising in ancient Greek religion. Oxford (Clarendon Press), 1996. Robert Parker was educated at St Paul's School, London and at New College, Oxford under Geoffrey de Ste Croix. Athenian Religion: A History. Polytheism and Society at Athens.

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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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Xig
It is sometimes hard to follow his train of thought, but this book is packed with great research.
Fenius
"Miasma" (or me-ahz-MAH' as the ancients would say it, we think) is a subject and a book that will be of most interest to scholars of ancient Greek culture, religion and language, as well as to students of comparative languages and literatures. It is a dense but well-written text by Parker, an important and recognized scholar. Organized conceptually, the book begins with an introduction to related and apparently overlapping terms: miasma, agos, enages, katharsos, hosios, hagnos, and the like. These terms can be examined in terms of how they are thought to relate to birth/death rituals, lustrations, the shedding of blood, purification of holy sites, etc. This would be quite enough but Parker's erudition ups the book's score. He analyzes each concept and situation in terms of the various genres of his sources and in terms of the time periods in which tehy were written. These are the materials from which we have derived our notion of daily life in ancient Greece, and Parker is well-versed in the entire canon of Greek dramas, philosophy, history, cult records, oratory, mythology, and on and on. The author's observations and conclusions are surprising and very valuable not only because of his close and careful of the citations that illuminate his theories, but because the care taken itself reminds us of the danger of making broad assumptions based on a narrow review of primary sources. This is a major text in the field of Greek religion and it's been a long time coming. I wish he'd put forth his own hypotheses at the beginning of each section, which would make note-taking a lot easier, but it would deprive the reader of the carefully-reasoned arguments that lead him -- and us -- to his conclusions. Kudos.
funike
I really enjoyed reading this book. If you want to get inside the head of an ancient Greek, to understand what miasma was all about, then read this book. It has been beneficial to me in my practice of Hellnismos as well. It goes into detail about *why* washing your hands in the lustral water is important, etc. This notion now has a more central influence on the way I practice my own religion.
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