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  • Title: The Egyptian Hermes: A Historical Approach to the Late Pagan Mind
  • Author: Garth Fowden
  • ISBN: 9780691024981
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback

  • 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 doubSage, 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.Garth Fowden is a research fellow at the Center for Greek and Roman Antiquity of the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, and the author of Empire to Commonwealth Consequences of Monotheism in Late Antiquity.
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    Commentaires:

    Stephen Miletus
    Although an academic-quality discussion of Hermes Trimegistus in the context of Late Antiquity, I found this book quite readable & the subject matter fascinating. Fowden does an admirable job of recreating the mentality of this distant age from the primary sources, and explaining this expression of "popular culture" (if this term can be applied to a subgroup of the elite) and its relationship to Neo-Platonism & Gnosticism (on the one hand) & to occult practices such as magic, astrolo [...]

    Lanny
    I don't have this book anymore, but I remember reading italmost 10 years ago. Its a wonderful study of late classicHermetic religion in Egypt and Greece using only extant evidence and a minimum of supposition. What I can recall is the description of magical practices meant to garner for the initiate knowledge by direct contact with Hermes or Thoth.I wish people would return my damn books when they borrow them!:)

    Ben
    Absolutely essential book about the world in which the writings known to us as the 'Corpus Hermeticum' were produced. Sure, the writing style is often quite dry, but if you want to see how a real historian approaches the social background of these texts, then this is the book to go to.

    Mitchell26 McLaughlin
    A well-rounded scholarly look at Hermes and Late Paganism. Not of much use for my purposes but a good historical grounding in the subject is never a bad thing.

    Colin
    A dense, rather impenetrable work on the history of Hermeticism, perhaps as odd as Hermeticism itself . . .

    SmokingMirror
    So very dry.

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