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

with

Andrew Henry

Saturdays, December 5th and 12th, 10-11am PT / 1-2pm ET
$
30.00
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Magic in the Ancient World: How the Greeks and Romans Used Spells to Curse, Love, & Heal
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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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