Liver, Beans, and Dice: The Ancient (and Modern) Science of Fortune Telling
Fri, Apr 26
fortune telling (divination) was a science. Practice some
fortune telling for yourself while examining both ancient
and current forms of divination and explore the actual
science behind the ways that were (and still are) used to
divine our fates.
These events will challenge some questionable science too:
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SpeakersJean Macintosh Turfa, Ph.D.Dr. Jean MacIntosh Turfa is an archaeologist specializing in the Etruscan culture, and has written on the Etruscans' alliances with the Carthaginians, on ancient ships and architecture, and on the health and medicine of the ancient Mediterranean, especially Italy. She helped to design the Etruscan Gallery of the Penn Museum (and found a box in the basement containing the red hair of a Faliscan lady of 350 BCE!), and with forensic anthropologists, has published analyses of the cremated human remains still found in their Etruscan urns. She was the first to translate the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar into English (from Byzantine Greek) and her study of its predictions and the society that created it has been published by the University of Cambridge Press (2012).
Event featuring Jean Macintosh Turfa:Jonathan SeitzAs a historian of early modern religion, science, and magic, Jonathan Seitz's interest is in how people in the past divided up the events of their world into natural and supernatural, and how they tried to control both. Over the years, he has compiled a handy list of historical spells for invisibility, winning at gambling, influencing dreams, and more. Some day he might actually try them out!
Event featuring Jonathan Seitz:
PartnersPenn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) founded in 1887, celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2012. With its extensive research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, Penn Museum is an internationally renowned institution dedicated to the exploration, study, and understanding of human history and cultural diversity. Penn Museum has conducted more than 400 research expeditions around the world and has collected nearly one million objects. Galleries feature materials from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Central America, Asia, and the ancient Mediterranean World, as well as artifacts from native peoples of the Americas and Africa. With educational programming for children, families and adults,Penn Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage.The Clay StudioThe Clay StudioThe programs of the Clay Studio reflect the dual character of the organization: as a community centered institution involved with the life of the city and region, and as a national and international focal point for ceramic arts.Drexel UniversityDrexel UniversityDrexel University enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers 96 bachelor’s programs, 88 master’s programs, 35 doctoral programs, a doctor of medicine program, a juris doctorate and 45 graduate-level certificate programs. Drexel is ranked among the best national doctoral universities by U.S.News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges 2011,” and many of Drexel’s other programs across its colleges and schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best.