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The Role of Magic in a Pagan Cosmos with Kadmus
August 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
How does magic fit into the structure of reality and what makes it possible? Different metaphysical and theological views will have different answers to this question. This lecture will explain the unique role and nature of magic within a pagan/polytheistic understanding of the cosmos. Specific topics touched upon will include the relation of magic to religion within a pagan context and the practical implications that a pagan metaphysics has for the practice of magic. Particular focus, because of the availability of primary sources, will be given to the Hellenistic period and both Classical and Archaic Greek culture. The Greek model can then be used to help understand the nature of magic in other pagan cultures.