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Expiatory rites
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reestablished a state between the gods and humans as it existed before a knowing or unknowing failing of humans. Expiatory rites (ER) are strategies for handling ill fortune and generate a community spirit among those in whose name they are performed.

In the Greek world ER were practiced in the archaic and classical period ( Purification), but can also be proven for later times. When a small town in Lydia was visited by an epidemic in the 2nd cent. AD, a delegation was sent to the  oracle of  Clarus [1].  Apollo commanded that the houses be sprinkled with a mixture of…

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Rosenberger, Veit (Augsburg), “Expiatory rites”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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