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Magic and Science in Greece and Rome

Magic and science constitute two competing ways of understanding and manipulating the natural world. Topics in this course include: astrology, witchcraft, necromancy, curses, erotic magic, voodoo dolls, legal restriction on magic, the philosophical basis of scientific thought, mathematical contribution of Euclid and Archimedes, Hippocrates and the emergence of medicine, scientific methods as shaped by Plato and Aristotle, natural development vs. intelligent design, Eratosthenes' measurement of the globe, the astronomical theories of Aristarchus and Ptolemy, military technology, and Christian hostility to science.

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