The Philosophers' Stone: Alchemy From Antiquity to Harry Potter

0150B [CRN: 24638]

As a set of ideas and practices, alchemy has a long, rich history in China, Roman Egypt, the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S.. From late antiquity to the present, alchemists have transformed matter in order to understand nature, make things (including elixirs and gold), and explore connections between the natural and the supernatural. The history of alchemy offers a point of entry into science, magic, medicine, gender, religion, and cultural images of the sage, fool, and fraud. HIST 0150 courses introduce students to methods of historical analysis, interpretation, and argument. This class presumes no previous history courses. E
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