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SEG XXVIII 421 Arcadia. Megalopolis. Sanctuary Regulations. Ca. 200 B.C.

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An upper part of a slightly tapered limestone stele badly weathered, worn, and scratched, found in 1975, 700 meters northeast of the ancient theater at Megalopolis where it had been left by a shepherd. The inscribed face is worn to the extent of being at times almost unreadable. The inscription belongs to a group of sacred laws which must have stood at entrances to sanctuaries listing cathartic requirements to be met upon entering. The source of pollution is followed here by the number of days needed for purification, expressed by the cardinal or the ordinal. Except in the cases of bloodshed and death, the pollution is on the whole contracted through bodily functions. It is either primary, i.e. contracted through one's own body or secondary, i.e. contracted through the body of another person, more specifically, the body of a woman, as in the case of childbirth and abortion/miscarriage.

Keywords: Arcadia; Greek sacred law; Megalopolis; SEG XXVIII



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