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CL4419   Magic in Greco-Roman Literature and Life

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Tue

This module examines magic and related phenomena in the Greco-Roman world. Attention will be paid both to the fascination with magic in literature and to magical beliefs and practices in real life, not just practices to which the ancient writers themselves apply the word 'magic' or similar terms, but also features of conventional religion, public and private, that some modern scholars have regarded as magical. This will require examination of the problems of defining magic, sorcery, witchcraft, and the like, and of distinguishing them from religion. Students will study - in English translation - both literary texts (from Homer to Apuleius and beyond) and documentary and archaeological evidence (including magical papyri and curse tablets).

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 coursework consultation hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr R T Anderson
Module teaching staff: Dr R T Anderson