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A. Introduction

The cleansing of defilement or impurity (Greek kátharsis, katharmós) can be understood as a strategy for overcoming calamity [5. 149-155]. Purification in this sense was introduced to Greek civilization through contact with the Ancient Orient [6. 55-64].

B. Religious

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1. Ancient Orient and Egypt

Although the ancient oriental civilizations had certain widespread features in common, t…

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Heinze, Theodor (Geneva), Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig) and Felber, Heinz (Leipzig), “Purification”, 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 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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