Cambridge Core – Classical Studies (General) – Hermetica – edited by Brian P. Copenhaver. Brian P. Copenhaver’s translation of the body of mystical texts known as the Hermetica is the first based on reliable sources, and his comprehensive introduction. Hermetica by Brian P. Copenhaver, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Therefore, my king, in so far as you have the power who are all powerfulkeep the discourse uninterpreted, lest mysteries of such greatness come to the Greeks, lest the extravagant, flaccid and as it were dandified Greek idiom extinguish something stately and concise, the energetic idiom of usage.

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Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius

First of all, one must write two reviews: The collection of Gnostic texts found at Nag Hammadi in known as the Nag Hammadi Libraryincludes a previously unknown and crucially important Hermetic document, The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth. 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.

To ask other readers questions about Hermeticaplease sign up. This allows for a better understanding of the relationship between Gnostic metaphysics and the theoretical Hermetica, dispelling notions of a rigid divide between the two systems.


Aug 07, Eric Willeforde rated it it was amazing. Deals with the topic of creating earth in the image of heaven.

Many of the longer fragments are gleaned from Stobaeus, a fifth century C. And I became transported as I gazed Mead, Thrice Greatest Hermes: An Introduction to G. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely yermetica for kids, photography lovers and more. The Hymns of Hermes by G.

Questions of relative influence from among these sources are also discussed in the diligent comparative notes. Mercurius ter P.copenyaver is the purported author of the Hermetic Corpus, a series of sacred texts that are the basis of Hermeticism.

What is the Hermetic tradition, and what did it teach? On earth as it is in heaven, huh.

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Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius by Hermes Trismegistus

I found the book interesting in that you are reading a person from over years ago tackling those questions that still are bandied about today. 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. Their rediscovery and translation into Latin during the late-fifteenth century by the Italian Renaissance court of Cosimo de Medici, provided a seminal force in the development of Renaissance thought and culture.

Hermes and Hermeticism Throughout the Ages. Listen to an audio lecture by Dr. After all, P.dopenhaver Medici and Marsilio Ficino felt that the Corpus Hermeticum was more important than translating the texts of Plato into Latin in the midth century.


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Hermetica : Brian P. Copenhaver :

The p.copnehaver volume of P.coopenhaver Greatest Hermes collects essentially all the fragments and quotations from Hermetic sources preserved in classical and ecclesiastical sources. Copenhaver’s introduction, which runs some sixty pages, is a wonderful summing-up of the history, literature and problems of Hermeticism from antiquity to the present day But then, it must be understood the original Greek texts of the surviving Hermetic literature have an antique and elevated tone.

Nov 12, A. Stephan Hoeller introducing Hermes: It will be sitting on the corner of my desk until God pulls the shade and turns out my office light. As within, so without.

It is the desire to communicate their experience of interior reality that motivated these ancient authors. Jan 21, Michael Bibow-Finucane rated it it was amazing.

And with these words His hermwtica changed; and straightway, in the twinkling of an eye, all things were opened to me. It gives witness to the existence of a ritual genera of Hermetic writings previously unknown and now lost.

Description The Hermetica are a body of theological-philosophical texts written in late antiquity, but long believed to be much older. 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.

Paperbackpages. Books by Hermes Trismegistus.