Science On Tap - MAGIC AND MALICE: WITCHES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD

  • 10/20/2021 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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  • Science On Tap - MAGIC AND MALICE: WITCHES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD

    The literary ancient witch was one of monstrous and malicious intent. From roaming graveyards to slaughtering children for love potions, the ancient witch struck fear into the hearts of men, and their horrific descriptions challenged even the most horrific of monsters. Yet, the majority of real-life 'spell-casters' were men. Why this fear? Why women? In this presentation, we will explore the terror and hatred that fueled descriptions of the ancient witch, and examine the divine power that rivals even the gods. Kelsey Schalo, PhD candidate in Classical Philology in the UC Classics Department, will give this Halloween season presentation.