The Legacy of Late Antique Magic in Byzantium and its Neighbours
Open Guest Lecture by Prof. Henry Maguire
This presentation draws upon the evidence of magical papyri, gems, silver and bronze amulets, pottery, and textiles to show that the visual apparatus of Late Antique magic survived among medieval Byzantine Christians as well as among Jews and Muslims, proving that occult practices were both conservative and trans-cultural.
Henry Maguire is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University and Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham. He has also taught at Harvard and at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. From 1991 to 1996 he served as Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington DC. He has authored six books on Byzantine art, and co-authored three more with his wife, Eunice Dauterman Maguire. In addition he has published, with Ann Terry, a study of the wall mosaics in the Cathedral of Eufrasius at Poreč. His current research centers on ornament and magic in the Late Antique and Byzantine worlds.