Georg Luck, professor emeritus in classics department, dies at 87

He studied the role magic, witchcraft played in theology, world of ancient Greeks, Romans

Georg H.B. Luck, professor emeritus in the Department of Classics at Johns Hopkins whose JHU career spanned two decades, died Sunday from complications of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson, The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday. He was 87.

Luck's academic pursuits included studying the role magic and witchcraft played in the theology and world of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

"Georg was a modest man who had great gusto for the things that interested him," Richard A. Macksey, a professor of humanities at Johns Hopkins, told The Sun. "He was the kind of person who could interest the general public in what might appear to many to be very dry work. He saw the relationship between theology, witchcraft, and magic."

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