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Title: Magic in the Greco-Roman World
Course Section Number: HIS-210-01
Department: History
Description: When faced with life's hardships, many ancient Greeks and Romans turned to magic in the hope of influencing the world around them. For some, magic offered an expedient solution for a meddlesome rival, a sore throat, or a broken heart. For others, it offered an avenue for transcending the cares of this world altogether. This course examines the widespread practice of magic in the ancient world, from the times of Homer to the early days of Christianity. Students will analyze ancient curse tablets, love charms, amulets, and magical recipe books as well as depictions of magic in ancient literature. They will learn the techniques and methods used by theurgists, alchemists, and diviners as well as the cultural contexts in which these ideas arose. In doing so, they will gain a better understanding of what magic looked like in Greece and Rome, what types of people practiced it, and why.
Credits: 1.00
Start Date: August 24, 2022
End Date: December 17, 2022
Meeting Information: 08/25/2022-12/15/2022 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 02:40PM - 03:55PM, Detchon, Room 109
Faculty: Barnes, Robert

Course Status & Cross-Listings

Cross-list Group Capacity: 35
Cross-list Group Student Count: 0
Calculated Course Status: OPEN
Section Name/Title Status Dept. Capacity Enrolled/
HIS-210-01 (cross-listing)
Magic in the Greco-Roman World
OPEN History 35 0 / 35 / 0
CLA-113-01 (primary)
Magic in the Greco-Roman World
OPEN Classics 35 0 / 35 / 0