Category Archives: Academic

Book Review: Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics

Aleister Crowley, the so-called Wickedest Man in the World,  is quickly becoming a subject of serious academic study. No doubt this is greatly aided by the number of scholars working on the Great Beast, but certainly the quality of scholarship … Continue reading

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Special Issue of Aries on Ancient Esotericism

I’ve been so wrapped up in cursing lately that I almost (almost!) neglected to mention this bit of ancient esotericism news: The latest issue of the academic journal Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism is entirely on Ancient … Continue reading

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Announcing the Ancient Curses Project!

I’ve been very fortunate in my time at York to work with some amazing professors who have encouraged me to research areas that are not always accessible to undergraduates. This year is no exception, and I am currently undertaking a … Continue reading

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Associations in the Greco-Roman World, a Sourcebook

I wanted to bring your attention to a book that may be of some interest to readers of this blog. It’s by a professor I’ve worked with at York, Philip Harland, and since I was hired as a research assistant … Continue reading

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Iamblichus, Orientalism and Peer Review

The latest issue of the Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies was released this week. Quick scale-up: The Pomegranate is a peer-review academic journal, and features articles by scholars who study paganism and esotericism. It is one of the … Continue reading

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The Linguistic Origins of Sacred Space

In the Roman Empire, sacred space was not limited to physical structures—the gods were everywhere, and nearly all facets of life were imbued with the sacred. There were however, some spaces which were more sacred than others. These spaces were … Continue reading

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Per Faxneld’s Satanic Feminism: A New Approach to the Dissertation?

Some of you may be familiar with scholar Per Faxneld. For those of you who don’t know his work, Faxneld researches the subject of Satanism, specifically the archetype of the female within Satanic currents. For example, his contribution to The … Continue reading

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