Aspects of ancient Near Eastern demonology

The belief in the existence of evil spirits is attested from the earliest times of history. Across the Ancient Near East (encompassing Egypt, Syria and Mesopotamia) people believed that demons were the cause of illnesses and natural disasters: demons, like germs for the moderns, provided an explanation for misfortune and also a means of dealing with it. This course introduces Ancient Near Eastern demonology, examining the origins of the belief in evil spirits and focusing on some of the best known demons whose names still resurface in contemporary art and literature.

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