Dan Attrell

Dan Attrell is a Canadian-born intellectual historian, classicist, philosopher, and musician.

In 2011, he received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Guelph with a double major in History and Classical Studies.  In 2012, he completed his MA in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures at the University of Waterloo with a thesis on shamanic motifs in the ecstatic mystery rites of Attis and Cybele.  In 2014, he completed his Post-Baccalaureate in Classics at UCLA, focusing on the translation of ancient Greek and Latin texts.  He is currently at the University of Waterloo doing his PhD in History on Renaissance Hermeticism/Platonic Orientalism, Medieval religion, and science.

His chief area of interest is in the late antique Greco-Roman religious, magical, and natural-philosophical landscape, notably Hermeticism (ritual magic, alchemy and astrology), the ‘oriental’ mystery cults, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, early Christianity, and other esoteric mystical traditions.  Over the past few years Dan has also cultivated an interest in historical ethnobotany (that is, studying foods, medicines, and drugs through the archaeological, textual and linguistic evidence); comparative mythology; “Big History”; the history of science and technology; historiography; and reception studies.


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