Deals with definitions of magic, witchcraft, religion and the connections between occult practices and religious belief/practice. Later lectures deal with the actual practice of various forms of magic in antiquity, beginning with those who practiced it, and concluding with the degrees of belief in such activities and reactions against them. Actual magic practices such as curse tablets, binding spells, alchemy and astrology are analysed. The second major component of the course is based on the fantasy world of magic and witchcraft in literature. In addition to looking at Greek and Roman literature there is a comparative element involving fairy-tales and material from the age of the Witch Hunts.
Availability2017 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2017
This course replaces the following course(s): AHIS3603. Students who have successfully completed AHIS3603 are not eligible to enrol in AHIS2370.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. 1. Knowledge of Ancient Magic 1.1 To offer students a sound, discipline-based study of ancient magic 1.2 To foster an interest in the course and its various components
2. 2. Appreciation of Ancient Cultural Influence 2.1 To establish and develop connections between the course, its social and cultural heritage and other subjects taught within the School of Humanities 2.2 To encourage and strengthen linkages between the social and cultural worlds of ancient Greece and Rome and the historical and social environments of Western society
3. 3. The Development of Communication Skills 3.1 Oral communication 3.2 Written communication 3.3 Electronic communication
4. 4. Research Development 4.1 Independent research skills 4.2 An ability to communicate the products of research in a clear, concise and analytical manner
This course replaces AHIS3603. If you have successfully completed AHIS3603 you cannot enrol in this course.
In Term Test: Class test *
Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case study *
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial paper *
Essay: Essay *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- In Term Test: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks