Magic and Workers of Magic in Ancient Rome
Máire inghean Dhúncháin mhic Oisdealbhaigh
Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
To understand the medieval views on magic and those who used it, it is important to understand where they sprang from. For medieval Europe it was a combination of local, pre-Christian societal norms and how the ancient Roman and Greek cultures viewed the topic. Ancient Roman views on magic were as diverse as the empire itself. From embracing Egyptian mysticism in the cult of Isis to the view that evil witches ate dead infants, all this and more existed side-by-side in Rome. This class will examine popular Roman views on magic and those who practiced it as they existed primarily in the first centuries CE, the formative years for Christianity, and will highlight those that continued to influence it for centuries afterward. At the present time I do not plan on recording the class, but if my technological skills and computer equipment improve that may change and i would of course notify the class.
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