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pollution, Greek concept of 

The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

Societies create order by stigmatizing certain disorderly conditions and events and persons as ‘polluting’, that is, by treating them as metaphorically unclean and dangerous. The pollutions generally recognized by the Greeks were birth, death, to a limited degree sexual activity, homicide except in war, and sacrilege; certain diseases, esp. madness, were also sometimes viewed in this way, while mythology abounds in instances of extreme pollutions such as ... ...

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