Courses: Magic in Ancient Greco-Roman (CSTSB212001)

Spring 2011

Class Number: 1129
Bindings and curses, love charms and healing potions, amulets and talismans from the simple spells designed to meet the needs of the poor and desperate to the complex theurgies of the philosophers the people of the Greco-Roman world made use of magic to try to influence the world around them. This course will examine the magicians of the ancient world and the techniques and devices they used. We shall consider ancient tablets and spell books as well as literary descriptions of magic in the light of theories relating to the religious, political, and social contexts in which magic was used.

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1129 Div: III


Classical Studies

Taught By



Bryn Mawr, CARP25

Meeting Times

MW 2:30pm-4:00pm