Most people are familiar with the pharaonic curses of Egypt. But Phoenician kings had a few spells up their sleeves as well. May all who dare disturb the dead tread with care. … More Ancient Magic – Part III: “Who disturbs my slumber?”
A lead curse-tablet, unearthed in 1929, highlights the competitive nature of chariot-racing in Roman Beirut. Just how does one go about casting a spell on an enemy? … More Ancient Magic Part II: Of Spells & Curses
In the late 5th c. AD, a group of students from the Roman School of Law in Beirut adopted the practice of black magic. Late at night in the streets of Beirut, they set on enacting a gruesome act. … More Ancient Magic – Part 1: Students Run Amok!
Poseidon is one of the well-known Greek gods. Although he was designated god of the sea, he also maintained a connection with the earth: he was the earth-shaker, god of the earthquake. … More Poseidon: Earth-Shaker, Master of the Sea
St. George is rightly known as the ubiquitous saint. His legend extends across different countries and cities, and he is venerated by different Christian denominations as well as some Muslims of the Middle East (he is known as Al-Khodr in the Islamic tradition). St. George is one of the most celebrated saints in Lebanon and … More St. George – Patron Saint of Beirut