Pollution and Crisis in Greek Tragedy

Pollution and Crisis in Greek Tragedy

By: Fabian Meinel (author)Hardback

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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.

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Fabian Meinel is an affiliated researcher at the Centre Paul-Albert Fevrier at the Maison Mediterraneenne des Sciences de l'Homme in Aix-en-Provence.


Introduction; 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; Envoi.

Product Details

  • publication date: 09/03/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781107044463
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 290
  • ID: 9781107044463
  • weight: 550
  • ISBN10: 1107044464

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