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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Open Preview See a P.copebhaver Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Hermetica by Hermes Trismegistus. 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. This new translation of its mystical texts is the only English version based on reliable sources.
Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius
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Jul 21, Huda Aweys rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 29, Christopher Plaisance rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
The most valuable aspect, I found, of his introductory essay was the exploration of P.copenhafer as an ultimately syncretic religious movement that exemplified the concurrent cultural s 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 p.openhaver of Hellenistic philosophy and theology.
The most valuable aspect, I found, of his introductory essay was the exploration of Hermetism as an ultimately syncretic religious movement that exemplified the concurrent cultural syncretism of first and second century Alexandria. 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. This allows for a better understanding of the relationship between Gnostic metaphysics and the theoretical Hermetica, dispelling notions of a rigid divide between the two systems.
Introduction aside, the translation itself is wonderfully put together and is extrapolated upon by one hundred and sixty-seven pages of etymological, historical and philosophical notes on the text of the corpus. All of this combines to make Copenhaver one of the definitive modern sources on early Hermetism.
Btian 17, Kathy Peveler rated it it was amazing. Everything including all “Religions” are one and have been from the beginning. Nov 17, Tracey rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. I mean you can not brixn review this as a book as it is a series of discourses.
However the translation appears to be excellent, I mean it is readable, makes sense and I certainly am not capable of doing the translation.
There is some interesting theories extolled in through out the narrative. I found the book interesting in that you are reading a person from over 20 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. I found the book interesting in that you are reading a person from over years ago tackling those questions that still are bandied about today.
It is interesting where we have come from with our thought process and I really like that part of the book. This is not everyone cups of tea, it is not going to mysteriously giving you the hidden hedmetica of life but there is enough to mull over. Nov 12, A. A nice collection of late antiquity spiritual views for the curious reader. One excerpt that I found peculiar and interesting: The very quality of speech and the of Egyptian words have in themselves the energy of the object they speak of.
Therefore, my king, in so far as you have the power who are all powerfulkeep the discourse uninterpreted, lest mysteries of such greatness come to p.coepnhaver Greeks, lest A nice collection of late antiquity spiritual views for the curious germetica.
Therefore, my king, in so far as you have the power who are all powerfulkeep the discourse uninterpreted, lest p.copenhavfr of such greatness come to the Greeks, lest the extravagant, flaccid and as it were dandified Greek idiom extinguish something stately and concise, the energetic idiom of usage.
For the Greeks have empty speeches, O king, that are energetic only in what they demonstrate, and this is the philosophy of the Greeks, an inane foolosophy of heermetica.
We, by contrast, use not speeches but sounds that are full of action. Mar 02, Brian rated it it was amazing. One thing that quickly becomes apparent upon even a cursory perusal of the extensive endnotes Copenhaver provides to his translation of the Corpus, is that many passages permit a variety of plausible readings, making philosophical interpretation and idiomatic translation inextricably interwoven. That being said, Copenhaver’s translation of the Greek and Latin source material is itself perfectly fluent, with the alternate readings in the notes often providing clarification, or at least additional One thing that quickly becomes apparent upon even a cursory perusal of the extensive endnotes Copenhaver provides to his translation of the Corpus, is that many passages permit a variety of plausible readings, making philosophical interpretation and idiomatic translation inextricably interwoven.
That being said, Copenhaver’s translation of the Greek and Latin source material is itself perfectly fluent, with the alternate readings in the notes often providing clarification, or at least additional routes of exegesis.
The substance of the Corpus itself is one of the best extant examples of the religious, cultural, and philosophical syncretism of the Hellenistic world, incorporating aspects of Greco-Roman, Egyptian, and possibly Judeo-Christian traditions. Questions of relative influence from p.cipenhaver these sources are also discussed in the diligent comparative notes. This edition is well worth perusing for anyone interested in the philosophy or religion of late antiquity, whether as a scholarly resource or simply a sample document from the ancient world for the curious reader.
Nov 30, Heather rated it did not like it. I just couldn’t read this. I don’t want to ascend. I want to descend into matter. Jan 15, Abdullah rated it it was amazing. As within, so without.
As above, so below. As above — As in Heaven — Your own mind So below — So on Earth — In your body and environment If we think good, good will follow; if we think evil, evil will follow. Whatever we think or accept will be the circumstances of our life.
Oct 07, Conor Fogarty rated it really liked it. A unique spiritual vision which transitions into a pre-scientific treatise. This book is more remarkable for, as Copenhaver suggests, despite the complex dialogues and illustrative imagery, not only is this text not a product of modern pseudo-scientific literature, but is in fact an ancient text which inspired the progenitors of modern science and humanism.
Aug 05, Carlos Rendon rated it liked it. Dec 04, Aveugle Vogel rated it liked it. Aug 07, Eric Willeforde rated it it was amazing. Very comprehensive notes accompany superb translations of these very important texts.
Mar 11, Robert Mitchell rated it it was amazing. First of all, one must write two reviews: The depth and detail of Copenhaver’s citations is a book in and of itself, a resource that at once closes the doors of p.copebhaver and opens secret passages to new realms of exploration. As for the Hermetica, my respect is unparalleled and my amazement p.cooenhaver. In this book, written in a First of all, one must write two reviews: In this book, written in antiquity, there is talk of evolution, heliocentricity, and prophesy of a future time when humanity will cease its worship of God.
The authors of the Hermetica were among the most brilliant and insightful philosophers of old, and Copenhaver has clearly and succinctly delivered their ideas into the hands of modern readers. This book will never be shelved. It will be sitting on the corner of p.colenhaver desk until God pulls the shade and turns out my office light.
The Corpus Hermeticum & Hermetic Tradition — The Gnostic Society Library
Jan 21, Michael Bibow-Finucane rated it it was amazing. I am a follower of Neoplatonism and the teachings Hermes in the Divine Pymander. This book is much needed modern translation of the Corpus Hermeticum. Copenhaver provides many notes and historical insights into the text, which help the modern Hermeticist understand this very important source of esoteric knowledge. After all, Cosimo Medici and Marsilio Ficino felt that the Corpus Hermeticum was more important than translating the texts of Plato into Latin in the midth century.
A wonderful translation for modern hermetic studies! Oct 07, Matt Harvey rated it it was amazing. A very well done and lucid translation of this important series of texts. Includes comparative analysis of the text of several versions where the sense of the translation is unclear, and an extensive notes section.
I would recommend this translation to anyone seriously studying the Hermetica. Nov 24, Evan rated it really liked it. The prophesy about Egypt is stunning. Deals with the topic of creating earth in the image of heaven. On earth as it is in heaven, huh. May 05, John Kulm rated it it was amazing. Foundational to paganism and Western mysticism, may seem dry unless you catch the meanings.
The perfect contrasted with the temporal. As above so below. Paul Daniel Ash rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Raymond Roberts,II rated it liked it Feb 14, Deus Asmus rated it it was amazing Mar 30, Danilyn rated it really liked it Aug 24, Uno Fohat rated it liked it Jul 27, Damon Zacharias Lycourinos rated it it was amazing Oct 09, Michael rated it it was amazing Jan p.xopenhaver,