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Apollonius of Rhodes, in his Argonautica, tells that Medea and the Argonauts actually did fall out of favor with the gods for killing Absyrtus. Zeus found out fairly quickly and was characteristically angry: When Apsyrtus had fallen in mighty overthrow Zeus himself, king of gods, was seized with wrath at what they had done. And he ordained that by the ...


It is the law for one who is defiled by shedding blood to be barred from speech until he is sprinkled with the blood of a new-born victim by a man who can purify from murder. Long before at other houses I have been thus purified both by victims and by flowing streams. That's Orestes, in Aeschylus Eumenides 448–52, trans. H. W. Smyth. The victims in ...


It appears to be primarily by someone else ritually bloodying up the murderer's hands. The only place I have found a scene actually describing the ritual of purification from murder in Greek mythology is Book 4, Lines 685-718 of Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica, in which Medea and Jason are welcomed by Circe upon her island of Aeaea. She seems to know ...


In Graeco-Roman necromancy (Ogden, Daniel "Graeco-Roman Necromancy" - excellent resource), one could be cleansed of murder by appeasing the victim by making offerings or performing labours for the murderee.

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