This course explores beliefs, traditions, and practices related to supernatural beings within the cultures of the Mediterranean world (e.g. ancient Judaism, Roman paganism, emerging Christianity, early Islam). Special attention will be given to the character of Satan, including how the character functions in communal contexts. This course primarily employs literary and historical approaches to the study of religion. While historical in focus, this course will give some attention will be given to contemporary constructions of the supernatural and/ or the satanic.