- J. D. Mikalson
ExtractApophrades were ‘impure’ days of the Athenian *calendar, days associated with inauspicious rites (as e.g. of the *Plynteria (Plut. Alc. 34; Poll. 8. 141)), homicide trials in the *Areopagus court, and, perhaps, more generally with the ‘moonless’ times at the end of the month. Because *pollution was thought to be abroad, temples were closed and major undertakings were avoided.
- Greek Myth and Religion