How should we define magic in the Byzantine period?

How should we define magic in the Byzantine period? How do we distinguish it from science or religion? Are there Byzantine practices that we would interpret as betraying evidence of magic or superstition?

Your assignment is to prepare a proposal for a small museum exhibit on Byzantine Magic, similar to \”Magic in the Ancient World\” now on display at the Penn Museum.

The first part will look like a short research paper. This should include the following:

An introduction to the role of magic in Byzantine society, answering the questions posed above (ca. 500 words, with footnotes)
Three sub-themes, around which to organize the exhibit (such as demons, astrology, apotropaic amulets, sorcery, etc.; ca. 100 words each, with footnotes)
At least four objects to illustrate each sub-theme, with a clear explanation of each and its relevance to the sub-theme. These can be from anywhere, any collection (ca. 100 words each, with footnotes and illustrations)
Bibliography
The second part will be the wall texts and labels for the exhibit, and a suggestion on how to arrange them. They should include the following:

Title and succinct introduction to exhibit (less than 100 words)
Sub-theme succinct explanation (less than 50 words each)
Object labels with title, date, material, provenance, current location, plus a one-sentence explanation (less than 25 words)
Additions photographs you might want to include.
Bibliography to get started:

Maguire, ed., Byzantine Magic
Maguire, E.D. Maguire, and M. Duncan-Flowers, Art and Holy Powers in the Early Christian House
Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, cf. Amulet, Astrology, Divination, Magic, etc.
All term papers are due on the last day of class, 25 April 2017.