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By 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 specific research of the real position which toxins and its opposite numbers - purity and purification - play in tragedy. It argues that toxins is imperative within the negotiation of tragic crises, enjoyable a various array of features via advantage of its characteristics and institutions, from making feel of adversity to configuring civic id within the stumble upon of self and different. whereas essentially a literary examine offering shut readings of numerous key performs, the publication additionally presents very important new views on pollutants. it is going to attract a vast diversity of students and scholars not just in classics and literary experiences, but additionally within the learn of religions and anthropology.

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