The Egyptian Hermes: A Historical Approach to the Late Pagan Mind - Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology 59 by Garth Fowden
Wise, scholar, and magician, Hermes Trismegistus was a cultural hero of Hellenistic and Roman Egypt. Man (according to some) lived in the time of Moses, but now undisputedly, he was…
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Wise, scholar, and magician, Hermes Trismegistus was a cultural hero of Hellenistic and Roman Egypt. Man (according to some) lived in the time of Moses, but now undisputedly, he was credited with writing many books on magic and superstition, chemistry, astrology, theology and philosophy.
Until the early 17th century, few doubted the attribution. Even when it was revealed, Hermes remained synonymous with the story.
Historians of ancient philosophy have puzzled much about the origins of his mysterious teachings. But this is the first research in the hierarchy by a social historian.
Based on the complex mergers and tensions that formed the Greek-Egyptian culture, especially the Hermetic one, during the next centuries Alexander, Garth Vauden argues that the technical and philosophical Hermetica, apparently different, may be seen as one aspect of the "Hermes method." This assumption that philosophy, religion, and even worship, and ultimately to the same goal was usually late antique, and ensure Hermetica reader elusive, even among Christians. The focus and conclusion of this study is an attack on the social status problem of heritage..
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