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Blindness and Limits: Sophokles and the Logic of Myth

Richard Buxton

in Myths and Tragedies in their Ancient Greek Contexts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199557615
eISBN:
9780191752209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557615.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Religions

This chapter examines the interrelated themes of blindness and sight in Greek mythology in general, and in Sophokles' tragedies in particular. Using Saussure's distinction between langue and parole, ... More


Empedocles on Inner Pollution and Purity: Release from Suffering, Prayer, and Mental Exercise

Andrej Petrovic and Ivana Petrovic

in Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion: Volume I: Early Greek Religion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198768043
eISBN:
9780191821851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768043.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

Chapter 4 discusses Empedocles, c. 490–430 BC, who relates that the inner, daemonic part of living creatures is in a permanent state of pollution. This pollution, which Empedocles labels kakotes has ... More


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