The Ian and Mildred Karten Memorial Lecture 2015: ‘Hocus Pocus? – Ethnology of the magical text, Babylonia to Ethiopia’

Whatever you think of magic one thing is clear, it is a very long lived tradition that has left in its wake a huge wealth of written evidence. What can this evidence tell us about those who made use of magical knowledge and managed its transmission over time? We will examine two case studies, the Jewish and other magical text of late antique Mesopotamia, and the Christian and Jewish equivalents of medieval to current day Ethiopia.

The Ian and Mildred Karten Memorial Lecture is part of the Parkes Institute annual lecture series and has been renamed to honour the generosity and interest shown by Ian and Mildred in the Parkes Institute.

If you wish to attend what promises to be a very popular lecture please email asap to reserve a place and avoid disappointment.

Speaker information

Dr Dan Levene


Lecture Theatre A
Avenue Campus
University of Southampton
SO17 1BF

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