CLASS 2646

CLASS 2646

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

This introductory course explores the roles of amulets, love potions, curse tablets, and many other magical practices in ancient Greek and Roman societies. In this course, you will learn how to invoke the powers of Abrasax, become successful and famous, get people to fall desperately in love with you, and cast horrible curses on your enemies! We will also examine a range of ancient and modern approaches to "magic" as a concept: what exactly do we mean by "magic," and how does it relate to other spheres of activity, like religion, science, and philosophy? When people (in ancient times or today) label the activities of others as "magic," what are the social and political consequences of that act? As we investigate the practices that Greeks and Romans considered "magical," we will also explore what those practices can teach us about many other aspects of life in the past, such as social class, gender, religion, and ethnic and cultural identity.

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS, HST-AS, SCD-AS)

Comments This is an introductory course with no prerequisites or prior background required. All readings are in English.

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ANTHR 2846ARKEO 2846NES 2546

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18415 CLASS 2646   LEC 001

    • TR Malott Hall 406
    • Jan 22 - May 7, 2024
    • Barrett, C

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 18416 CLASS 2646   DIS 201

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 18417 CLASS 2646   DIS 202

  • Instruction Mode: In Person