CLAS 3625 Magic in the Ancient World | UNB

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Magic in the Ancient World

Subject Course No. Credit Value
Classic & Ancient History CLAS 3625 Three (3) credit hours

This course surveys magic beliefs and practices in the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean from 1000 BC to 500 AD. Many current cultural references to magic have surprisingly familiar origins in these ancient societies. In the ancient world, “magic” was an aspect of religion interwoven with other fields including medicine, mathematics, and often with political decision-making. Magic forms a significant part of intellectual history and the history of science, and an important theme in the history of magic is that of control over knowledge. Students will be introduced to five major regions (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Iran, and the Graeco-Roman world), and use the evidence of ancient texts and objects to understand the roles of magic in each.

Instructor: Dr. Kathryn Kelley (please contact the instructor if you need an up-to-date syllabus)
Prerequisite: None

Why take this course?

  • Students will gain competency in interpreting ancient texts and objects and thinking critically about how knowledge of past cultures is produced.
  • Students will become proficient at selecting and using digital tools for the study of the ancient world.
  • Students will have the opportunity to reflect on intellectual history from cross-cultural perspectives and build skills in interdisciplinary research methods.

Course details

Students have six months from the registration date to complete the course. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date.

Assignments and examinations

  • 8 x Quizzes (40% total)
  • 2 x Short Reflection Assignments (20% total)
  • 1 x Term Paper (40% total)

Fees and payments

There is a $150 non-refundable/non-transferable online fee per course in addition to applicable tuition & fees. Learn more about tuition and fees and methods of payment.