Accessible and uplifiting -- a treasure of Western Civilization, Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2007. "The Asclepius" is one of two philosophical books ascribed to the legendary sage of Ancient Egypt, Hermes Trismegistus, who was believed in classical and renaissance times to have lived shortly after Moses. It is a seminal work, uplifting and worthy of great study, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2016. The Perfect Discourse of Hermes is highly recommended.
a native god) being viewed from the Egyptian perspective, the fifth (who went from Greece to Egypt) being viewed from the Greek-Arcadian perspective. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. This latter tradition has led to the confusion of Hermeticism with Gnosticism, which was developing contemporaneously.
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i would have preferred if the author just compiled this asclepius translation along with his, corpus hermeticum translation, rather than giving you a long unnecessary introduction to essentially to fill the pages up. Greeks in Hellenistic Egypt recognized the equivalence of Hermes and Thoth. Then will the earth no longer stand unshaken, and the sea will bear no ships; heaven will not support the stars in their orbits, nor will the stars pursue their constant course in heaven; all voices of the gods will of necessity be silenced and dumb; the fruits of the earth will rot; the soil will turn barren, and the very air will sicken in sullen stagnation. 27 Jun The Corpus Hermeticum Initiation Into Hermetics, The Hermetica Of Hermes Trismegistus. Bravo! And so religion, the greatest of all blessings, for there is nothing, nor has been, nor ever shall be, that can be deemed a greater boon, will be threatened with destruction; men will think it a burden, and will come to scorn it. ( Log Out / And yet, since it is fitting that wise men should have knowledge of all events before they come to pass, you must not be left in ignorance of this: there will come a time when it will be seen that in vain have the Egyptians honoured the deity with heartfelt piety and assiduous service; and all our holy worship will be found bootless and ineffectual. Some have described it as “one of the most moving passages of prose I have read from Classical Antiquity”.
Most of them use the left side of the brain only and forgot to combine knowledge with intuition! Posted by jevuf in 29, Followed with No Comments. This is a commentary on the video, Lament of Hermes, which was posted yesterday. If u like religious text then get at her! All their holy worship will become inefficacious.” It predicted the end of the world – the Egyptian world.” source, http://www.sacred-texts.com/gno/th1/index.htm. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Mr Salaman has done a brilliant job in making this work available in English. Like its companion, the "Corpus Hermeticum" (also published by Duckworth as "The Way of Hermes"), the "Asclepius" describes the most profound philosophical questions in the form of a conversation about secrets: the nature of the One, the role of the gods, and the stature of the human being. This is a required read for anyone interested in Hermeticism. Cicero enumerates several deities referred to as “Hermes”: a “fourth Mercury (Hermes) was the son of the Nile, whose name may not be spoken by the Egyptians”; and “the fifth, who is worshiped by the people of Pheneus [in Arcadia], is said to have killed Argus, and for this reason to have fled to Egypt, and to have given the Egyptians their laws and alphabet: he it is whom the Egyptians call Theyt”. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. it was difficult to use as a class textbook, ... it was difficult to use as a class textbook, but it was the only way the book was available. It is the “extended and unabridged edition” of the dictum “as above, so below”. Next » 29 » The Corpus Hermeticum Initiation Into Hermetics, The Hermetica Of Hermes Trismegistus. They will no longer love this world around us, this incomparable work of God, this glorious structure which he has built, this sum of good made up of things of many diverse forms, this instrument whereby the will of God operates in that which be has made, ungrudgingly favouring man’s welfare, this combination and accumulation of all the manifold things that can call forth the veneration, praise, and love of the beholder.
Long before John allegedly wrote the Apocalypse on the island of Patmos, an unknown Egyptian wrote down the Lament, which some have titled “The Apocalypse”, for it prophesized the demise of the Egyptian religion. – Tom Z. Such a fusion of eloquence and philosophical grandeur, not doubt, befits a literary work attributed to Hermes. For the gods will return from earth to heaven. Darkness will be preferred to light, and death will be thought more profitable than life; no one will raise his eyes to heaven ; the pious will be deemed insane, and the impious wise; the madman will be thought a brave man, and the wicked will be esteemed as good. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The dialogue called the Asclepius (after the Greek god of healing) describes the art of imprisoning the souls of demons or of angels in statues with the help of herbs, gems, and odors, so that the statue could speak and engage in prophecy. I thought this was interesting. To thee, most holy Nile, I cry, to thee I foretell that which shall be; swollen with torrents of blood, thou wilt rise to the level of thy banks, and thy sacred waves will be not only stained, but utterly fouled with gore. The Asclepius is sometimes not treated as part of the Corpus Hermeticum, as its Greek text was lost and it is only partially preserved in Latin. The Hermetica is a category of papyri containing spells and initiatory induction procedures. This interpretation of poorly-understood Mycenaean material is disputed, since Hermes Trismegistus is not referenced in any of the copious sources before he emerges in Hellenistic Egypt. Asclepius: The Perfect Discourse of Hermes Trismegistus. But when all this has befallen, Asclepius, then the Master and Father, God, the first before all, the maker of that god who first came into being, will look on that which has come to pass, and will stay the disorder by the counterworking of his will, which is the good. [A Letter] of Thrice-Greatest Hermes to Asclepius. O Egypt, Egypt, of thy religion nothing will remain but an empty tale, which thine own children in time to come will not believe; nothing will be left but graven words, and only the stones will tell of thy piety. Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2008. The Hermetic literature among the Egyptians, which was concerned with conjuring spirits and animating statues, inform the oldest Hellenistic writings on Greco-Babylonian astrology and on the newly developed practice of alchemy. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. ( Log Out / So much knowledge in one little book! Also recommended is Apuleius' *On the God of Socrates, translated with pertinent elucidations, by the early 19th century Platonist, Thomas Taylor.
As a divine source of wisdom, Hermes Trismegistus was credited with tens of thousands of highly esteemed writings, which were reputed to be of immense antiquity. Thus Augustine's silence--paired with modern philological comparitive analysis of the text affirming it not to be the work of Apuleius--seems to have closed the case for Apuleius' hand in the direct transmission or authorship of the great Hermetic work: it is dated between 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. Please try again. Please try again. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. so i felt like that introduction was LONG and unnecessary. Yet what they hear is not to be divulged due to the sacredness of Hermes' doctrines. Something went wrong. It will make you ponder life deeply, and hopefully show you the way to your true self. There is worse to come; Egypt herself will have yet more to suffer; she will fall into a far more piteous plight, and will be infected with yet more, grievous plagues; and this land, which once was holy, a land which loved the gods, and wherein alone, in reward for her devotion, the gods deigned to sojourn upon earth, a land which was the teacher of mankind in holiness and piety, this land will go beyond all in cruel deeds. The Perfect Sermon, or The Asclepius.