Magic, Witchcraft & Divination in the Ancient Near East
This course examines the many forms of magic accepted and practiced in the ancient Near East. Through study of original sources dating from the earliest Mesopotamian civilizations until Alexander the Great, this course identifies these practices and the beliefs they involved in their various social, cultural, religious, and political settings. Topics covered include witchcraft, divination, blessings and curses, incantations, medicinal practices and exorcism. Although focused on the pre-Classical Near East, limited attention is given to the evolution of these traditions in later periods. Prerequisite: 18 university credits. 3 credits. Lecture.