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Corps et objets interdits dans les sanctuaires (monde grec, Ve av. - IIIe ap. J.-C.)

Abstract : This article analyses the light that cathartic prescriptions –these inscriptions placed at the temples gate to regulate their access– shed on ritual gestures performed in the sanctuaries, such as purification. These epigraphic texts specify which actions and circumstances experienced outside the temple brought ritual impurity; they also prohibit the consumption, prior to entering the temple, of some food, as well as wearing specific clothes and objects, for the sake of eukosmia. As such, cathartic prescriptions indicate the threshold between two spaces, the sacred one, and the other outside the sanctuary. By so doing, they implicitly highlight actions that could not be performed in the sacred space, the bodies that could not enter it, and the clothes and objects that could not be in it, unless they were anathemata.
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Marie Augier. Corps et objets interdits dans les sanctuaires (monde grec, Ve av. - IIIe ap. J.-C.). Archimède : archéologie et histoire ancienne, UMR7044 - Archimède, 2020, pp.6-22. ⟨halshs-02892823⟩



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