The Way of Hermes: New Translations of The Corpus Hermeticum and The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius
Inner Traditions, 2000 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 124 pages
A new translation of the great esoteric masterpiece that includes the first English translation of the recently rediscovered Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius.
• The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius provides new insights into the actual workings of the gnostic spiritual path.
• Will be of great interest to scholars and religious seekers alike.
The Corpus Hermeticum, a powerful fusion of Greek and Egyptian thought, is one of the cornerstones of the Western esoteric tradition. A collection of short philosophical treatises, it was written in Greek between the first and third centuries a.d. and translated into Latin during the Renaissance by the great scholar and philosopher Marsilio Ficino. These writings, believed to be the writings of Hermes Trismegistus, were central to the spiritual work of Hermetic societies in late antique Alexandria, aiming to awaken gnosis, the direct realization of the unity of the individual and the Supreme. They are still read as important, inspirational spiritual writings today.
In addition to this new translation of The Corpus Hermeticum, which seeks to reflect the inspirational intent of the original, The Way of Hermes includes the first English translation of the recently rediscovered manuscript of The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius, a collection of aphorisms, closely related to parts of The Corpus Hermeticum, used by the hermetic student to strengthen his mind in meditation. With the proper mental orientation, one could achieve a state of pure perception in which the true face of God appears. This document is of enormous value to the contemporary student of gnostic studies for its insights into the actual workings of this spiritual path.
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Review: The Way of Hermes: New Translations of The Corpus Hermeticum and The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to AsclepiusUser Review - David A. Beardsley - Goodreads
Who Hermes Trismegistus actually was in a mystery to which we will probably never know the answer. But that is probably just as well--it could well divert the attention from his teachings and ... Read full review
Review: The Way of Hermes: New Translations of The Corpus Hermeticum and The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to AsclepiusUser Review - Joshua Silverman - Goodreads
I did not like the translation of this version, though it is better than Mead's. Read full review