Magic in the Ancient World|
Fall 2009 not offered
Magic was ubiquitous in the ancient Mediterranean, encompassing such wide-ranging practices as love spells, prophecy, and astrology. In this course, we will look at the range of source materials, relying on physical evidence (such as lead curse tablets, sculpture, and architecture), as well as literary production and written legislation, to investigate magical practices in antiquity. Ultimately, we will discuss why magic is a problematic category and consider how these behaviors provide unique insight into the complexities of religious beliefs in the ancient world.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Ogden, Daniel, MAGIC, WITCHCRAFT AND GHOSTS IN THE GREEK AND ROMAN WORLDS, Oxford, 2002 (paperback)
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Short papers and an oral presentation; possibly a final exam.
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