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Course Description

Magic and Witchcraft in the Ancient World (3 cr)
Jason Mokhtarian
JSTU-J 303 Arts & Humanities Topics in Jewish Studies (31227) / REL-A 300 Studies in African, European, & West Asian Religions (30640)
MW 1:00-2:15 (SY 0008)
CASE A&H; credit given for only one of J303 or REL-A 300 with this topic

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This class focuses on magic and witchcraft in the ancient world with a particular emphasis on the Mesopotamian, Greco-Roman, Jewish, and early Christian contexts. This class explores some of the common theoretical models from the fields of anthropology and religious studies for researching magic in antiquity, as well as some of the inherent problems in the field. Students also spend the semester performing close readings of literary and archaeological sources, including but not limited to the Babylonian cuneiform tablets, Jewish and Christian spell books, incantation bowls, amulets, and legal literature.​