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Love and Magic

It’s interesting to see how mating rituals have developed throughout time. These days, courtship is a mixture of being straightforward about one’s feelings, while also playing hard to get. But in antiquity, falling in love was so much easier– all… Continue Reading →

Myth or Magic: Fire and Brimstone

Beginning with the Scientific Revolution, the general worldview began to progress towards a mechanistic view. That is to say that humans began to believe that all phenomena had a logical explanation. The mechanistic worldview is in essence the theory of… Continue Reading →

Love in Antiquity

Magic is something we’ve all seen in Disney movies and have heard of in fairytales. There is no doubt that I sometimes think that life would be much more easier with magic at our disposal then going through a struggle…. Continue Reading →

Magical Manipulation

The practice of magic in antiquity is an interesting manipulation of nature. I had never considered that magic is a way of dominating nature. However, it makes sense. Casting spells, in theory, can change people and nature. I thought it… Continue Reading →

Nature, Magic, and Human Will in Antiquity

During the talk, one of Professor O’Neill’s statements really stood out to me, “Nowadays, when you cut down a tree, you get wood.  Then, you had a dead nymph.”  It’s such a matter-of-fact little statement, and yet includes an idea… Continue Reading →

Magic, Love, and Poets.

Last week’s lecture on Antiquity was full of interesting relationships. For example, we talked about the relationships between men and women, magic and people, witches and males, enchantresses and males, a poet and his beloved, and love and evil. In… Continue Reading →

Magic of love

During his talk of human/nature in antiquity, O’Neil pointed out that the same terms are used to describe magic as are used to describe someone in love, which was something that I had never realized nor thought about. He went… Continue Reading →

Antiquity: Magic and Nature

It was interesting to see that much of nature in ancient roman times was tied to magic, love, or war. In nature, there were nymphs that were a part of trees, nature itself, and were more seductive creatures. Enchantresses/witches like Circa… Continue Reading →

Dominating the natural world

This lecture shed light on the numerous ways in which humans have attempted to dominate nature. Since ancient times, humans have engaged in hunting, for example, and still do today. Such an endeavor functions as a form of dominion over… Continue Reading →

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