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Abstract: The entry surveys the general meanings of “catharsis” in ancient Greek culture, in which the term occurs primarily in medical and cultic contexts, as well as its enigmatic use in Aristotle’s definition of tragedy in the Poetics…

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Dana Munteanu, “Catharsis”, in: Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, General Editors Robert A. Segal, Kocku Von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2016

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