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Pollution and Crisis in Greek Tragedy

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  • Date Published: February 2015
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  • isbn: 9781316236383

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  • Pollution is ubiquitous in Greek tragedy: matricidal Orestes seeks purification at Apollo's shrine in Delphi; carrion from Polyneices' unburied corpse fills the altars of Thebes; delirious Phaedra suffers from a 'pollution of the mind'. This book undertakes the first detailed analysis of the important role which pollution and its counterparts - purity and purification - play in tragedy. It argues that pollution is central in the negotiation of tragic crises, fulfilling a diverse array of functions by virtue of its qualities and associations, from making sense of adversity to configuring civic identity in the encounter of self and other. While primarily a literary study providing close readings of several key plays, the book also provides important new perspectives on pollution. It will appeal to a broad range of scholars and students not only in classics and literary studies, but also in the study of religions and anthropology.

    • Investigates the ubiquity of pollution in Greek tragedy
    • Undertakes detailed readings of key tragedies such as Aeschylus' Oresteia, Sophocles' Theban plays and Euripides' Hippolytus
    • Provides new perspectives on ritual pollution in ancient Greece of interest to historians and anthropologists as well as classicists
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    • Date Published: February 2015
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316236383
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Pollution, interpretation and understanding
    2. Pollution and the stability of civic space
    3. Evaluation and stability in Aeschylus' Oresteia
    4. Pollution, purity and civic identity

  • Author

    Fabian Meinel, Université d'Aix-Marseille
    Fabian Meinel is an affiliated researcher at the Centre Paul-Albert Février at the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme in Aix-en-Provence.

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