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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Mead wrote a brief essay in reflection on the liturgical hymn forms found in the Hermetic writings. However for a modern reader there is a problem with Mead’s translations: History of Western Philosophy. I want to descend into matter. Begin with the introductory essay On the Trail of the Winged God: And I became transported as I gazed Walter Corpus HermeticumA.

This book is more remarkable for, as Copenhaver suggests, despite the complex dialogues and illustrative imagery, not only is this text not a product of modern pseudo-scientific literature, but is in fact an ancient text which inspired the progenitors of modern science and humanism.

Rose – – The Classical Review 39 Raymond Roberts,II rated it liked it Feb 14, Their supposed author, a mythical figure named Hermes Trismegistus, was thought to be a contemporary of Moses.

The remainder come from the early Church Fathers, embedded in polemics and doctrinal discussions.

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

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Texts of the Corpus Hermeticum are provided in two formats: This document provides singular evidence of the liturgical and experiential elements within Hermetic tradition. Hermes Trismegistus Ancient Greek: Because it also embodies in its text and in its very extensive commentary the critical scholarship of the last ninety years, Copenhaver’s translation will remain the canonical English version of the seventeen treatises of the Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius for a long time to come Return p.copenhzver Book Page.


The Hermetica are a body of theological-philosophical texts written in late antiquity, but long believed to be much older. Therefore, my king, in so far as you have the power who are .copenhaver powerfulkeep the discourse uninterpreted, lest mysteries of such greatness come to the Greeks, lest A nice collection of late antiquity spiritual views for the curious reader.

We, by contrast, use not speeches but sounds that are full of action. Jul 21, Huda Aweys rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. The essay centers on the Poemandres. An Introduction to G. Diuinus Pymander Hermetis Mercurii Trismegisti. A very well done and lucid translation of this important series of texts.

The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth. My library Help Advanced Book Search. He correctly understood the Hermetic writings as the distillations of profound spiritual and psychological experiences — experiences the texts themselves call “Gnosis”. This book is much needed modern translation of the Corpus Hermeticum. Walter Scott – – Journal of Hellenic Studies Upon a time while my mind was meditating on the things that are, my thought was raised to a great height, while the physical senses of my body were held back—just as are the senses of men who are heavy with sleep after a large meal, or from fatigue of body.

Hermes and Hermeticism Throughout the Ages. In supplement to the Corpus Hermeticum, we have appended to this collection the important Hermetic texts discovered in within the Nag Hammadi Library. Copenhaver’s industry is exemplary, digesting many years’ research in many different areas and languages into a dense but comprehensive introduction which ties together dynastic, social and philosophical history, and adding a full and l.copenhaver commentary In this book, written in antiquity, there is talk of evolution, heliocentricity, and prophesy of a future time when humanity will cease its worship of God.


Studies in Hellenistic Theosophy and Gnosis. It will be sitting on the corner of my desk until God pulls the shade and turns out my office light.

Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius

hermdtica All of this combines to make Copenhaver one of the definitive modern sources on early Hermetism. Uno Fohat rated it liked it Jul 27, The substance of the Corpus itself is one of the best extant examples of the religious, cultural, and philosophical syncretism of the Hellenistic world, incorporating aspects of Greco-Roman, Egyptian, and possibly Judeo-Christian traditions.

I mean you can not really review this as a book as it is a series of discourses. The perfect contrasted with the temporal. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Theosophical Publishing Society, ; they are reproduced completely, with Mead’s original footnotes. 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. Very comprehensive notes accompany superb translations of grian very important texts.

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