Presentation Title

Solomon-Magus: From Wise King to Legendary Magician

Location

Benner Library Fishbowl

Start Date

19-4-2017 1:50 PM

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Scholarship of Discovery

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In my research for my dissertation on King Solomon in medieval romances, I discovered the Solomon-Magus tradition. This tradition began with the biblical record of Solomon being wiser than any other person on earth. Legendary stories attached to his name--not only his ability to understand the natural world in a supernatural way but also his ability to exorcise and command demons. Pseudepigraphical texts like the Testament of Solomon, for instance, elaborate on Solomon's use of demons to help build the Temple. While orthodox texts like biblical commentaries do not include such legends, vernacular biblical narratives of the Middle Ages are clearly influenced by legendary material. This presentation focuses on the blending of traditional biblical stories of Solomon with legendary materials that result in the powerful Solomon-magus figure.

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Apr 19th, 1:50 PM

Solomon-Magus: From Wise King to Legendary Magician

Benner Library Fishbowl

In my research for my dissertation on King Solomon in medieval romances, I discovered the Solomon-Magus tradition. This tradition began with the biblical record of Solomon being wiser than any other person on earth. Legendary stories attached to his name--not only his ability to understand the natural world in a supernatural way but also his ability to exorcise and command demons. Pseudepigraphical texts like the Testament of Solomon, for instance, elaborate on Solomon's use of demons to help build the Temple. While orthodox texts like biblical commentaries do not include such legends, vernacular biblical narratives of the Middle Ages are clearly influenced by legendary material. This presentation focuses on the blending of traditional biblical stories of Solomon with legendary materials that result in the powerful Solomon-magus figure.