Dan Attrell

Dan Attrell is a Canadian 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 Medieval and Renaissance reception of Late Antique Greco-Roman religious, magical, and natural-philosophical ideas, notably those of the Hermeticists (ritual magicians, alchemists and astrologers), the ‘oriental’ mystery cults, the Neoplatonists, Gnostics, early Christians, and other esoteric mystical traditions. Over the past few years Dan has also cultivated an interest in the history of science and technology; historical ethnobotany (that is, studying foods, medicines, and drugs through the archaeological, textual, and linguistic evidence); comparative mythology;  and historiography.


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