The Occult and Its Artifact in the Middle Ages

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 the Middle Ages, how one defines miracles, 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 the chronological requirement