Dan Attrell is a Canadian-born intellectual historian, classicist, philosopher, psychonaut, 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.
As an intellectual historian and self-styled ‘de-occultist’, Dan’s 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 the foods, medicines, and drugs of past cultures through the archaeological, textual and linguistic evidence); comparative mythology; “Big History”; the history of science; historiography; and reception studies.
When he is not eyeballing the empyrean or plunging behind the veil, he enjoys reading, recording music, weightlifting, and wandering.
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