Magic in the Ancient World: How the Greeks and Romans Used Spells to Curse, Love, and Heal

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Andrew Henry
In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.
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Past dates

Saturdays
Sep 5 & Sep 12
Sep 5 & Sep 12
12pm PT / 3pm ET
60 min
Saturdays
Sep 12 & Sep 19
Sep 12 & Sep 19
3pm PT / 6pm ET
60 min
Tuesdays
Oct 13 & Oct 20
Oct 13 & Oct 20
5pm PT / 8pm ET
60 min
Wednesdays
Nov 4 & Nov 11
Nov 4 & Nov 11
5pm PT / 8pm ET
60 min
Saturdays
Dec 5 & Dec 12
Dec 5 & Dec 12
10am PT / 1pm ET
60 min
Sundays
Jan 24 & Jan 31
Jan 24 & Jan 31
8:30am PT / 11:30am ET
60 min

Description

Today, in the 21st century, we think of magic, medicine, and miracles as three wholly distinct concepts. But in antiquity, these were all one and the same. The local magician was also the local medicine man; the local doctor also claimed to work miracles. In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced, including: 

  • Curse tablets
  • Healing spells
  • Love potions
  • And more! 

Finally, we’ll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.


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