Middlebury

HIST 0405

Magic and the Occult

Magic and the Occult in Western Europe
Magical practices and occult thinking have fascinated and terrified Western Europeans since ancient times. Devotees of magic sought to establish control over the supernatural, from conjuring up devils to reading the stars. To understand the historical significance of such pursuits, we have to explore their intellectual and social contexts. We must also ask how they were distinguished from religion or science, why they had such appeal, and what everyday purposes they played. We will consider astrology, alchemy, ritual magic and witchcraft from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Please note: no rabbits will be pulled out of hats. (formerly HIST0430) 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
History
Department:
History
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
HIS NOR
Equivalent Courses:
AMST 0365 *
HIST 0364
AMCV 0365 *

Sections in Fall 2004

Fall 2004

HIST0405A-F04 Seminar