Classics - Magic in the Ancient World

University College Dublin


Course Name Classics - Magic in the Ancient World
Course Provider University College Dublin
Course Code GRC30290
Course Type Lifelong Learning
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Attendance Options Part time
Location (Districts) Belfield
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Course Fee Fees 2019-20

Audit €350 per module (interest only).
Credit €500 per module (including assessment).

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Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:
There is no required prior learning, but students will need some prior knowledge of Greek and Roman history and culture. If you are in doubt please email

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
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Course Content

Expand+Autumn 2019: Semester 1

GRC30290 Magic in the Ancient World
Academic Year 2019/2020

Magic had a central place, alongside religion, in everyday ancient Greek and Roman lives. What beliefs did people in Antiquity have about magic and about how i...

Subjects Taught Indicative Module Content:
Topics include:
Magic and ancient religion
Sorcerers, shamans, and mages (Greek and from the East)
Witches and witchcraft in Greek literature
Erotic magic: wishes in Latin literature, love potions
Curses, voodoo doll and amulets
Magic and medicine
Magic and rhetoric
Magic and Christianity
Magic and the law
This list is indicative and subject to change.
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