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 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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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Thanks for telling us about the problem. As for the Hermetica, my respect is unparalleled and my amazement complete.

The most valuable aspect, I found, of his introductory essay was the exploration of Hermetism as an ultimately syncretic religious movement that exemplified the concurrent cultural syncretism of first and second century Alexandria. However the classical scholar Isaac Casaubon — successfully argued that some, mainly those dealing with philosophy, betrayed too recent a vocabulary.

I would recommend this translation to anyone seriously studying the Hermetica. Views Read Edit View history. Aug 05, Carlos Rendon rated it liked it.

Questions of relative influence from among these sources are also discussed ehrmeticum the diligent comparative notes. Copenhaver’s comprehensive 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.


Mar 11, Robert Mitchell rated it it was amazing. Hermetic Qabalah Influence and influences Occult and divinatory tarot. No categories specified categorize this paper. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Refresh and try again. Damon Zacharias Lycourinos rated it it was amazing Oct 09, 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.

Think that for you too nothing is impossible; deem hermetlcum you too are immortal, and that you are able to grasp corpuw things in your thought, to know every craft and science; find your home in the haunts of every living creature; make yourself higher than all heights and lower than all depths; bring together in yourself all opposites of quality, heat and cold, dryness and fluidity; think that you are everywhere at once, on land, at sea, in heaven; think that you are not yet begotten, that you are in the womb, that you are young, that you are old, that you have died, that you are in the world beyond the grave; grasp in your thought all of this at once, all times and places, all substances and qualities and magnitudes together; then you can apprehend God.

Science Logic and Mathematics. From these hemeticum he went on to greekk his own philosophy of Christian Hermeticism, or Neoplatonism. Copenhaver provides many notes and historical insights into the text, which help the modern Hermeticist understand this very important source of esoteric knowledge. The Byzantine codex used by Marsilio Ficino, author of the earliest Latin translation of the corpus completed in and first printed inbelonged, moreover, to a family of manuscripts which contain only the first fourteen treatises, in which occultism is even less conspicuous than in the final three treatises.

Cambridge University Press, Nov 17, Kathy Peveler rated it it was amazing. This first English translation corpuus on reliable texts, together with Brian P.


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Want to Read saving…. Jul 21, Huda Aweys rated it coprus liked it Hermeticim A nice collection of late antiquity spiritual views for the curious reader. Contact our editors with your feedback. Contact Contact Us Help. Indeed, argues Miller in the concluding chapter of his book, a theory of rights, including natural rights, based on Aristotle is likely to prove better and to make more sense, logically and politically, than current theories based on Hobbes and Locke.

As above — As in Heaven — Your own mind Ggreek below — So on Earth — In your body and environment If we think good, good will follow; if we think evil, evil will follow.

We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. Hermes-Thoth was but one of the gods and prophets chiefly Oriental to whom people turned for a divinely revealed wisdom.

Humanism mystery religions In mystery religion: Miller is not alone in suggesting for our modern times a political theory of rights inspired by Aristotle, but he has gone furthest in showing just how much of such a theory can be bodily extracted from Aristotle’s text. Mystery religions and Christianity occultism In occultism Renaissance millenialism In eschatology: Thank You for Your Contribution!

Gwyn Griffiths – – The Classical Review 43 Other editions – View all Hermetica: Part of a series on. Mitchell26 McLaughlin rated it it was amazing Feb 26, The Hermetic writings, in fact, present a fusion of Eastern religious elements with Platonic, Stoicand Neo-Pythagorean philosophies. Two Roads to Salvation.