Pollution and Crisis in Greek Tragedy

Pollution and Crisis in Greek Tragedy

Fabian Meinel


toxins 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 ebook undertakes the 1st distinct research of the real function which pollutants and its opposite numbers - purity and purification - play in tragedy. It argues that pollutants is important within the negotiation of tragic crises, enjoyable a various array of features through advantage of its characteristics and institutions, from making feel of adversity to configuring civic id within the come upon of self and different. whereas basically a literary learn supplying shut readings of numerous key performs, the publication additionally offers vital new views on toxins. it is going to attract a large variety of students and scholars not just in classics and literary reports, but in addition within the learn of religions and anthropology.

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