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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But they can by understood, if one has an ear for the core experience.

Books by Hermes Trismegistus. 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.

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Review quote ‘A highly readable and reliable translation. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There is some interesting theories extolled in through out the narrative. The Secret Sermon on the Mountain. One excerpt that I found peculiar and interesting: The Hermetica are a body of theological-philosophical texts written in late antiquity, but long believed to be much older.

As a complement to older introductory works to the same subject, Copenhaver modernizes the broader view of Hermetism by taking into account the recently discovered collection of Coptic Gnostic and Hermetic texts at Nag Hammadi. 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 detailed commentary Technical and theoretical Hermetica.


Mead wrote a brief essay in reflection on the liturgical hymn forms found in the Hermetic writings. Also included in the Nag Hammadi collection is the Hermetic Prayer of Thanksgivingand an excerpt from the Asclepius. This I said is what I desire to hear. It will be sitting on the corner of my desk until God pulls the shade and turns out my office light.

Nov 24, Evan rated it really liked it. Clarendon Press, and We, by contrast, use not speeches but sounds that are full of action. 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 He correctly understood the Hermetic writings as the distillations of profound spiritual and psychological experiences — experiences the texts themselves call “Gnosis”.

Arthur Darby HermesA. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Includes comparative analysis of the text of several versions where the sense of the translation is unclear, and an extensive notes section. The Hymns of Hermes by G. Texts of the Corpus Hermeticum are provided in two formats: I just couldn’t read this.

Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius

I want to descend into matter. Nov 30, Heather rated it did not like it. The Perfect Sermon The Asclepius. After that introductory tour, read the introduction and commentaries in Mead’s classic work, Thrice Greatest Hermes: I thought I heard a Being more than vast—in size beyond all bounds—called out my name and say: Regarded as an ancient theology, parallel to the revealed wisdom of the Bible, Hermetic philosophy supported Biblical revelation and culminated in the Platonic philosophical tradition.


About the Common Mind. I have to admit I have been making may through this book for about two years but decided enough was enough it had to be finished. The remainder come from the early Church Fathers, embedded in polemics and doctrinal discussions.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of I don’t want to ascend. This document provides singular evidence of the liturgical and experiential elements within Hermetic tradition.

As for the Hermetica, my respect is unparalleled and my amazement complete. And I became transported as I gazed With his choice of language, Mead tries to convey both the ambiguity and hermeetica the visionary intensity of the material.

The commentary is virtually an encyclopedia of the scholarship As above so below. A new English Hermetica. Theosophical Publishing Society, ; they are reproduced completely, with Mead’s original footnotes.

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Open Preview See hermetida Problem? However the translation appears to be excellent, I mean it is readable, makes sense and I certainly am not capable of doing the translation.

These are not philosophical tracts. The Thrice Great Hierophant of Gnosis ; this lecture provides an excellent introduction to the Hermetic tradition. The Hermetic philosophy was regarded as an ancient theology, parallel brisn the revealed wisdom of the Bible, supporting Biblical revelation and culminating in the Platonic philosophical tradition.

Full Text with Notes and Commentary. His commentary on the texts is unequalled. Thanks for telling us about the problem.