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The Occult and Its Artifact in the Middle Ages

Availability

Fall 2013

Location

5th Floor Classroom

Instructor

Ittai Weinryb

Miracle, magic, apotropia and efficacy are just a few of the terms that embedded the Middle Ages with supernatural activity. This seminar explores the place and environment of magic in medieval society. We will ask what is regarded as magic in Middle Ages, how one defines miracle, and what objects and tools one needs in order to make magic. We will also ponder the relation between magic and nature, magic and cosmos, and magic and self. Talismans, amulets, garments, manuscripts and metalwork are only a few of the objects that will be used to help us understand the relation between magic, society and culture of the Middle Ages. 3 credits. Satisfies pre-1800 requirement