The benandanti were an agrarian fertility cult in Northern Italy in the 16th-17th centuries who claimed they would leave their bodies and fight witches 4 times each year.
Witches are practitioners of magic who can allegedly call upon the supernatural to perform spells or curses. In Early Modern Europe, witchcraft associated with consorting with the Devil, leading to witch hunts in Protestant Europe and later in America. Modern witchcraft is associated with the Wiccan movement. Read articles about witches below.
Europe underwent a number of political shifts and social transformations between 1000-1700 leading to the Protestant Reformation and the witch craze.
Profiles of four sorcerers and magicians from antiquity.
Medea was known as a sorceress who used her magic to fight a monster called Talos during Jason’s quest to obtain the Golden Fleece.
Circe, the daughter of the Sun, one of the Titans, is a beautiful seductress similar to Calypso.
A sorcerer is someone who can manipulate higher powers for his or her specific goals.
From a modern perspective, witchcraft is not only a science, but a way of explaining and making sense out of the world.
During antiquity, there was a widespread belief in magic. Rome went so far as to outlaw harmful magic. So, did curse tablets and voodoo dolls actually work?