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Lecture: "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ancient Magic: Early Christian Accounts of Demons, Sorcerers, and the Occult"

  • 11/27/2012 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom
  • Event Type: Lecture

Lecture: "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ancient Magic: Early Christian Accounts of Demons, Sorcerers, and the Occult"The Classics Department presents a lecture by Brian Sowers, assistant professor of classics at Brooklyn College, who is one of the few scholars working on gender and education in Late Antiquity. As such, Dr. Sowers is one of the leading experts in the field of literature and history in this time of transition between the Roman and Christian world, its past and current state, and the future directions of study. His research, which draws primarily upon literary evidence, reveals historical insight into the personalities associated with the early Christian Empire.

This lecture affords the community the opportunity to reconnect with history and classics on a general interest level, but also to learn about new research occurring in the early state of Christianity. For example, Dr. Sowers's research into the intricacies of early Christianity has revealed the deeply entrenched role of magic within religious ritual, an anomaly that our modern understanding of Christian ritual omits.

Sponsored by the Jacob Jasper Stahl lectureship fund, the Classics Department, and the Religion Department.