Jessica Lamont of Yale University will give a lecture on her work, Magic, Witchcraft, and Curses in Classical Greece.
In the speaker's own words:
From the fringes of empire to the very heart of Rome, from low-brow social reprobates to well-born Athenian society, the practice of magic was alive and well in Classical antiquity. This talk examines the evidence for the so-called magical practice of "cursing" in Classical Greece, engaging with issues of binding spells, magical texts and objects, positional context, and ritualized actions in discussing new finds from ancient Greece.
Awards to follow.