Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, with Notes and In by Brian P. CopenhaverHermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, with Notes and In by Brian P. Copenhaver

Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, with…

EditorBrian P. Copenhaver

Paperback | November 24, 1995

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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.
Title:Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, with…Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:November 24, 1995Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521425433

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Introduction This was my introduction to the Latin Asclepius, and it was an amazingly helpful text. I cannot speak for the Greek translations, but the Latin walks that amazingly fine line between honesty to the source and readability in modern English. And it walks the line with skill and style. The introduction is itself a valuable piece of work for its outline of the history of Hermes Trismegistus and Hermeticism. Copenhaver writes a very readable outline. A must for any student of Hermeticism, serious or dabbler.
Date published: 2006-01-05

Table of Contents

Introduction; Bibliography; Corpus Hermeticum I; Corpus Hermeticum II; Corpus Hermeticum III; Corpus Hermeticum IV; Corpus Hermeticum V; Corpus Hermeticum VI; Corpus Hermeticum VII; Corpus Hermeticum VIII; Corpus Hermeticum IX; Corpus Hermeticum X; Corpus Hermeticum XI; Corpus Hermeticum XII; Corpus Hermeticum XIII; Corpus Hermeticum XIV; Corpus Hermeticum XV; Corpus Hermeticum XVI; Corpus Hermeticum XVII; Corpus Hermeticum XVIII; Asclepius.

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"Brian Copenhaver's very welcome translation of the Hermetica is able to draw on these important advances [of modern scholarship]....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....Copenhaver's edition and commentary is fully abreast of the main lines of contemporary research, and can be confidently recommended to all scholars seeking precise guidance on these difficult works....[T]his is a remarkably useful edition sure to serve as a focal point and catalyst in our understanding of the Hermetic treatises." Brian Vickers, Ambix