Myth Reading Group
Thursday 11 May
12.00-1.30pm in Room 5A.118
We are very pleased to announce that our next session will be a round table discussion on the intersection between myth and magic.
As a way of starting our discussion, we will consider the Three Witches/Sisters in Macbeth (1623) and how Shakespeare combined elements from Greco-Roman mythology and Elizabethan anxieties about witchcraft in his depiction of the witches. Hecate, the Queen of the witches in the tragedy, is of particular importance as parallels can be drawn with the moon goddess of the Greek underworld.
We hope the following extracts from Macbeth will encourage a lively discussion of the link between myth and magic, and how magic contributes to our understanding of myth. See our call for proposals for further inspiration.
Hesiod, Hymn to Hecate, line 410