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Inner Purity and Pollution in Ancient Mediterranean Religions and Beyond - 09-10-11/05/2019, Charlottesville (VA, USA)


The principal aim of this conference is to throw more light on the categories of inner purity and pollution in ancient religious traditions (variously grasped as moral, ethical, or more generally spiritual purity and pollution). A further goal is to illuminate the way individual communities reacted to other purity beliefs and the impact of other societies on individual communities’ purity and pollution beliefs. The conference brings together experts in ancient Egyptian religion, ancient Judaism, early Christianity, Greek and Roman religions, and ancient Buddhism. 


FECHA /DATE/DATA: 09-10-11/05/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Gibson Room, Cocke Hall, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA, USA)










Thursday 9th May
5-5.15 PM Andrej Petrovic, Ivana Petrovic: Introduction
5.15-6.15 PM John Gee: Ancient Egyptian Purity in Practice
6.15-7.15 PM Ivana Petrovic: Justice and Inner Purity in Greek Philosophy and Cult
Friday 10th May
10-11AM Andreas Bendlin: Inner Purity, the Moral Self, and Roman Religion: From the Republic to the 4th Century CE
11AM-12PM Jacob Mackey: The Fetial Oath: Inner Purity, Divine Punishment, & Large-scale Cooperation in Roman Italy
Lunch break
1.30-2.30PM Ian Werrett: Voices in the Wilderness: Qumran, Jesus, and the Purity Systems of Second Temple Judaism
2.30-3.30PM Andrej Petrovic: On Clear Conscience: Syneidesis between Greek Cults and Early Christianity
Coffee break
4-5PM Moshe Blidstein: Ritualization of Inner Purity or Internalization of Ritual Purity? The Early Christian Case
5-6 Reception at the Department of Classics
Saturday 11 May
10-11AM Lily Vuong: ‘Without Stain or Corruption’: The Virgin Mary and Inner Purity in Apocryphal Literature
11AM-12PM Sonam Kachru: Inner Purity: South Asian Prospects for a Comparative Category
12-12.30 Final discussion


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