Summer 2024

CLST 10.15 Magic and the Occult in the Ancient World  Curse tablets and love potions, amulets and talismans, step-by-step instructions to reanimate the dead or control the divine—from simple spells designed to meet the needs of the poor and the desperate to the complex theurgies of the philosophers, the people of the Greco-Roman world employed magic to try to influence the world around them. In this course, we will study the ancient practitioners of magic, the techniques and objects through which they served their clientele, the bodies of occult knowledge upon which they drew, and the cultural contexts in which they operated or were thought to operate. TMV, W. Glauthier

LAT 30.03 Roman Fiction /GRK 30.04 Greek Fiction  Kidnapped lovers, marauding pirates, powerful witches, and the occasional werewolf—this is the world of the ancient novel. In this class, students will focus on one text in the original language and read more broadly in translation. We will pay particular attention to narrative, genre, intertextuality and literary history, cultural context, and reception. LIT, W Glauthier