Author: Brian P. Copenhaver
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 1995-10-12
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. Their supposed author, a mythical figure named Hermes Trismegistus, was thought to be a contemporary of Moses. The Hermetic philosophy was regarded as an ancient theology, parallel to the revealed wisdom of the Bible, supporting Biblical revelation and culminating in the Platonic philosophical tradition. This new translation is the only English version based on reliable texts, and Professor Copenhaver's introduction and notes make this accessible and up-to-date edition an indispensable resource to scholars.
Author: G. R. S. Mead
Release Date: 2018-06-11
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
This complete edition of the Corpus Hermeticum, which introduces in eighteen chapters the religious and philosophical principles of Hermetics, was translated by G. R. S. Mead. Hermetics is a religious, philosophical, and esoteric practice based around the beliefs and writings of the pagan priest Hermes Trismegistus. Influential for its distinct beliefs and characteristics, Hermeticism carried a profound influence over the Renaissance in Europe. Many Christian believers paid it heed, with much art depicting the Hermetic belief system appearing between the 14th and 17th centuries in particular. Notably, Hermetics claims to be a descended version of the prisca theologia - a principle which affirms there is but one, true theology in the world. This essence of the divine is present in all religions, and was according to legend given to mankind in distant antiquity. This belief, discussed by Hermes Trismegistus, has led many scholars of philosophy and religion to examine Hermetics in detail.
An accessible translation of the esoteric Greco-Egyptian writings attributed to the legendary sage-god Hermes Trismegistus offers insight into their influence on some of history's forefront philosophers, scientists, and artists; in a volume that is complemented by an introduction to related Egyptian and Hellenic cultures. Original.
Author: Assistant Professor of Classics Joseph Farrell
Publisher: SCB Distributors
Release Date: 2014-07-17
What do the Fourth Crusade, the exploration of the New World, secret excavations of the Holy Land, and the pontificate of Innocent the Third all have in common? Answer: Venice and the Templars. What do they have in common with Jesus, Gottfried Leibniz, Sir Isaac Newton, Rene Descartes, and the Earl of Oxford? Answer: Egypt and a body of doctrine known as Hermeticism. In this book, noted author and researcher Joseph P. Farrell takes the reader on a journey through the hidden history of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and early Enlightenment, connecting the dots between Venice, international banking, the Templars, and hidden knowledge. He draws out the connections between the notorious Venetian "Council of Ten," little known Venetian voyages to the New World, and the sack of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade. The hidden role of Venice and Hermeticism reached far and wide, into the plays of Shakespeare (a.k.a. Edward DeVere, Earl of Oxford), into the quest of the three great mathematicians of the Early Enlightenment for a lost form of analysis, and back into the end of the classical era, to little known Egyptian influences at work during the time of Jesus.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 2018-06-21
This volume presents in new English translations the scattered fragments and testimonies regarding Hermes Thrice Great that complete Brian Copenhaver's translation of the Hermetica (Cambridge, 1992). It contains the twenty-nine fragments from Stobaeus (including the famous Kore Kosmou), the Oxford and Vienna fragments (never before translated), an expanded selection of fragments from various authors (including Zosimus of Panopolis, Augustine, and Albert the Great), and testimonies about Hermes from thirty-eight authors (including Cicero, Pseudo-Manetho, the Emperor Julian, Al-Kindī, Michael Psellus, the Emerald Tablet, and Nicholas of Cusa). All translations are accompanied by introductions and notes which cite sources for further reading. These Hermetic texts will appeal to a broad array of readers interested in western esotericism including scholars of Egyptology, the New Testament, the classical world, Byzantium, medieval Islam, the Latin Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.
Author: J. Douglas Kenyon
Publisher: Atlantis Rising LLC
Release Date: 2015-01-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
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1494 Barcelona. As Torquemada lights the fires of religious fervor throughout the cities of Spain, accused heretics are not the only victims. Thousands of books and manuscripts are lost to the flames as the Black Friars attempt to purge Europe of the ancient secrets of the gods and the bold new ideas that are ushering in the Renaissance. Nadira lives a dreary life as servant to a wealthy spice merchant until the night a dying scholar is brought to the merchant's stable, beaten by mercenaries who are on the hunt for The Hermetica of Elysium. To Nadira, words are her life: she lives them as her master's scrivener and dreams them in her mother's poetry. She is pursued as passionately as the fabled manuscript for her rare skill as a reader of Ancient Greek, Latin, Arabic and Hebrew that makes her valuable to men who pursue the book to exploit its magic. Kidnapped by Baron Montrose, an adventurous nobleman, she is forced to read from the Hermetica. It is soon revealed to her that ideas and words are more powerful than steel or fire for within its pages are the words that incite the Dominicans to religious fervor, give the Templars their power and reveal the lost mysteries of Elysium. As Nadira begins her transformation from servant to sorceress, will she escape the fires of the Inquisition, the clutches of the Borgia pope, Alexander VI and the French king, Charles VIII? And will Montrose's growing fear of her powers cause her to lose her chance for love?
Author: Walter Scott
Release Date: 1997
The Hermetica is the name given to an extraordinary collection of writings ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus, the Greek name for the legendary teacher, prophet and scribe deified by the Egyptians as the god Thoth and known to the Hebrews as Enoch. When in about 1460 AD a Greek manuscript of the Corpus Hermeticum came into the possession of Cosimo de Medici, Duke of Florence, he ordered Marsilio Ficino to leave aside the works of Plato and concentrate instead on these 'Lost works of Hermes'. Later scholarship indicates that these writings are not as old as was thought, in fact they probably date from only the second and third centuries AD. However, they are clearly the work of an esoteric school involved in self-development and it is very likely that this school belonged to a tradition going back to the earlier Egypt of Hermes. The Hermetica can be studied from many different angles. They were a source of inspiration to C G Jung when he was developing his system of depth psychology, they are clearly one of the main sources of Gurdjieff's cosmology and they are in close agreement with the doctrine gleaned from the readings of Edgar Cayce. For the reader today the Hermetica are still alive and vital. Like the Upanishads of India they have the power to uplift the soul and to open the mind to wider horizons.
English summary: When did the Renaissance end? With provocative precision, Frances Yates said it ended in 1614, the year in which Isaac Casaubon exposed the allegedly ancient writings of Hermes Trismegistos as a forgery from late antiquity. However Casaubon was not the first person to produce arguments against the Corpus Hermeticum. During the 1580s in Venice and Padua there had already been an intense debate regarding the date, a debate which is documented in this volume. The essays, written by internationally renowned scholars of the Renaissance, place this in the context of recent developments in the philosophy of nature by Telesio and Patrizi and reveal the ideological interests of hermetists and anti-hermetists. Thus the 'end of the Renaissance' and the 'end of hermeticism' came considerably earlier than researchers had assumed up to now. German description: Wann ist die Renaissance zu Ende gegangen? Frances Yates hat ihr Ende provokativ prazise mit 1614 angegeben, dem Jahr, in dem Isaac Casaubon die angeblich uralten Schriften des Hermes Trismegistos als spatantike Falschungen entlarvt hat. Doch Casaubon war nicht der erste, der Argumente gegen das 'Corpus Hermeticum' vorgebracht hat. Schon im Venedig und Padua der 1580er Jahre gab es eine intensive Datierungsdebatte. Neue handschriftliche Funde zeigen, wie komplex bereits die mundlich erorterten Einwande gegen Hermes gewesen sind. Dieser Band dokumentiert die Datierungsdebatte. Die Beitrage von international renommierten Renaissanceforschern stellen sie in den Kontext der neuen naturphilosophischen Entwicklungen um Telesio und Patrizi und offenbaren die ideologischen Interessen von Hermetikern und Antihermetikern. Das 'Ende der Renaissance' und das 'Ende des Hermetismus' sind also erheblich fruher anzusetzen als bisher angenommen. Sie erweisen sich als ein langfristiger komplexer Prozess im Spannungsfeld von philologischer Kritik, philosophischer Spekulation und naturwissenschaftlicher Empirie.
Aus kulturhistorischer Perspektive war für die Frühe Neuzeit nicht allein die Herausbildung der Konfessionen charakteristisch, sondern ebenso ein auffälliges Interesse an alternativen Sinnkonzepten wie antiken Weisheitslehren und naturmagischen Praktiken, die uns heute oft mit kirchlichen Glaubensvorstellungen unvereinbar erscheinen mögen. Eine Schlüsselrolle kam dabei dem Hermetismus zu, der Rezeptions- und Aneignungsgeschichte spätantiker religions- und naturphilosophischer Lehren und Praktiken, deren zentrale Grundlage das so genannte Corpus Hermeticum bildete.Den Autoren und Autorinnen dieses Bandes geht es vor allem um konkrete Erscheinungsformen des Hermetismus. Sie untersuchen charakteristische Bedeutungs- und Rezeptionszusammenhänge sowie individuelle Aneignungen und Umdeutungen hermetischer Vorstellungen von der Mitte des 16. bis zum Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts. Als gemeinsames Resultat erscheint der Hermetismus in seiner spezifischen Verknüpfung von Glauben und Wissen als eine zentrale Schnittstelle frühneuzeitlicher Sinngebungen und Wissensbildung.
Author: Antoine Faivre
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Release Date: 2000-01-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Hermes--the fascinating, mercurial messenger of the gods, eloquent revealer of hidden wisdom, and guardian of occult knowledge has played a central role in the development of esotericism in the West. Drawing upon many rare books and manuscripts, this highly illustrated work explores the question of where Hermes Trismegistus came from, how he came to be a patron of the esoteric traditions, and how the figure of Hermes has remained lively and inspiring to our own day.
Sage, scientist, and sorcerer, Hermes Trismegistus was the culture-hero of Hellenistic and Roman Egypt. A human (according to some) who had lived about the time of Moses, but now indisputably a god, he was credited with the authorship of numerous books on magic and the supernatural, alchemy, astrology, theology, and philosophy. Until the early seventeenth century, few doubted the attribution. Even when unmasked, Hermes remained a byword for the arcane. Historians of ancient philosophy have puzzled much over the origins of his mystical teachings; but this is the first investigation of the Hermetic milieu by a social historian. Starting from the complex fusions and tensions that molded Graeco-Egyptian culture, and in particular Hermetism, during the centuries after Alexander, Garth Fowden goes on to argue that the technical and philosophical Hermetica, apparently so different, might be seen as aspects of a single "way of Hermes." This assumption that philosophy and religion, even cult, bring one eventually to the same goal was typically late antique, and guaranteed the Hermetica a far-flung readership, even among Christians. The focus and conclusion of this study is an assault on the problem of the social milieu of Hermetism.