Ancient Greek and Roman writings on magic, including ancient spells and charms.
Have you ever had your fortune told or palm read? Ever watched a scary movie with witches or demons? What about using a spell to achieve a goal or heal your character in a game like Diablo or Fable? Magic is a compelling and provocative concept, and not just as a carnival trick or campfire story. Cultures all over the world, throughout history and even in our own century, tell the future through divination, drive out demons with incantations, and heal the sick and forlorn with herbs and special amulets. This is your chance not only to learn about ancient magical practices, but to share your own perceptions about why magic continues to be such a pervasive concept. In this course we will be exploring magical practices from ancient Persia, Egypt, Greece and Rome (and beyond!). Some of the questions we will be asking in looking at these fascinating rituals are: What exactly IS magic and how is it different from religion or science? What did the ancients themselves say about magic and how much can we trust them? Who were the people that practice magic and why?
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Magic in the Ancient World
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3:30P - 4:20P MWF 219 JH
Instructors: Adria Haluszka (Primary Instructor)
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