Magic, Religion, and Science: The Ancient and Medieval Worlds

History C188C

Spring 2018
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Instructor: 
Rita Lucarelli
Location: 
390 Hearst Mining
Day & Time: 
TuTh 11-12:30
Class Number: 
39645
Units: 
4

This course will explore magic as an experimental science within the learned traditions of civilizations that we consider as fundamental for a modern Western identity: from ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome to the medieval and early modern Middle East, Byzantium, and Europe. The primary sources used for this exploration will be texts on demons, magic, divination, and the sophisticated philosophical background to such beliefs. In addition, archeological remains pertinent to these practices such as talismans, amulets, and other magical objects will be discussed.