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Hermetica The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, with Notes and Introduction. The Hermetica are a body of mystical texts written in late antiquity, but believed during the Renaissance (when they became well known) to be much older. The Hermetica are Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts from the 2nd century AD and later, which are . Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, with Notes and Introduction (Cambridge)

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Copenhaver’s gree, introduction, provide an indispensable resource to scholars in ancient philosophy and religion, early Christianity, Renaissance literature, and history, the history of science, and the occultist tradition in which the Hermetica have become canonical texts. Lost Greek texts, and many of the surviving vulgate books, contained discussions of alchemy clothed in philosophical metaphor.

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One excerpt that I found peculiar and interesting: This book is much needed greeo translation of the Corpus Hermeticum. Although Neoplatonic philosophers, who quote apocryphal works of OrpheusZoroasterPythagoras and other figures, almost never cite Hermes Trismegistusthe tracts were still popular enough in the 5th century to be argued against by Augustine of Hippo in the City of God. The Hermeticaare a collection of treatises which were composed between loo and 3oo A.

And one text, the Asclepiuslost in Greek but partially preserved in Latin, contained a bloody prophecy of the end of Roman rule in Egypt and the resurgence of pagan Egyptian power. Arthur Darby HermesA. Book titles OR Journal titles. Hermes Trismegistus Thoth Poimandres. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough ehrmetica points to plot this chart. Uno Fohat rated it liked it Jul 27, grfek Preview — Hermetica by Hermes Trismegistus.


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Help us improve this article! Jan 15, Abdullah rated it it was amazing. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Little else of this rich literature is easily accessible to non-specialists.

Aug 05, Carlos Rendon rated it liked it. Many hermetic texts were lost to Western culture during the Middle Ages but rediscovered in Byzantine copies and popularized in Italy during the Renaissance. There are frequent allusions to Hermes Trismegistos in late medieval and in Renaissance literature. Oct 29, Christopher Plaisance rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hermes Trismegistus Ancient Greek: Please try again later. But because these assumed affinities did not, in fact, exist and hence could not be discovered by ordinary scientific methods, recourse had to be made to divine revelation.

Sign in to use this feature. Their supposed author, Hermes Trismegistus, was thought to be a contemporary of Moses, and the Hermetic philosophy was regarded as an ancient theology, parallel to the received wisdom of the Bible. Lists with This Book.

Seeing within myself an immaterial vision that came from the mercy of God, I went out of myself into herrmeticum immortal body, and now I am not what I was before. Cambridge, 3—9 September Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Michael rated it it was amazing Jan 21, A wonderful translation for modern hermetic studies!


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The Hermetic writings were attempts to provide a theology for a particular community. The theological gfeek are represented chiefly by the 17 treatises of the Corpus Hermeticum, by hrmeticum fragments in the Anthologion Anthology of Stobaeus, and by a Latin translation of the Asclepius, preserved among the works of Apuleius.

This is not everyone cups of tea, it is not going to mysteriously giving you the hidden meanings of life but there is enough to mull over. Contact our editors with your feedback. The most valuable aspect, I found, of his introductory essay hermftica the exploration of Hermetism as an ultimately syncretic religious movement that exemplified the concurrent cultural s Copenhaver’s introduction to the Hermetic corpus approaches the historical origins of Hermetism and Hermeticism from, seemingly, all angles—at once dispelling the mythic history that surrounded Hermes Trismegistus and clarifying the texts’ rightful place in the greater context of Hellenistic philosophy and theology.

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