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Hermetica Volume 4 Testimonia, Addenda, and Indices: The Ancient Greek and Latin Writings Which Contain Religious or Philosophic Teachings Ascribed to [Paperback]

Walter Scott , A. S. Ferguson
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May 2002 1570626332 978-1570626333
First published in 1924, this classic four-volume work contains various Greek and Latin writings of religious or philosophic teachings ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus, with Walter Scott's extensive notes, commentary, and addenda.

It is said that these teachings are records of private, intimate talks between a teacher and one or two of his disciples. The setting was in Egypt under the Roman Empire, among men who had received some instruction in Greek philosophy, and especially the Platonism of the period, but were not content with merely accepting and repeating the dogmas of the orthodox philosophic religion that would better satisfy their needs.

Included here are alchemical writings in Greek and Latin about the Hermetica, as well as addenda and indices compiled after Scott's death. Volumes I, II, and III of Hermetica, which contain Scott's translation, his notes on the Corpus Hermeticum, and his commentary on Asclepius and the Hermetic excerpts of Stobaeus, are also published by Shambhala.

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  • Paperback: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570626332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570626333
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book, quite comprehensive. 12 Feb 2001
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It is a very good book that has everything that someone who would be interested in the original texts that were ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus by various philosophers, could search for. The introduction is very good, (eventhough for some texts in latin and greek contained in it there is no english translation) and the english translation to the latin and greek texts is trying to keep up with the meaning, eventhough not exact, but quite helpful to those that can't read the original, which of course, is immensly better to read. A very good book, with useful commentary, ideal to be bought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The core teachings of Gnosis 30 May 2004
By OAKSHAMAN - Published on Amazon.com
I am going to review this volume because I read every single English word of it, cover-to-cover. I admit that I didn't read the corresponding original language text, because my Latin was never all that good, and I have no Greek. I wish that I did, though. Just in English translation I can see where these teachings transport you to an entirely different sort of mind-set, an entirely different world.
Indeed, you will either come to develop a sort of intuitive understanding of the spiritual principles being discused here, or you will simple give up in disgust and dismiss it as meaningless and incomprehensible. Perhaps it is incomprehensible to modern sensibility, but it is far from meaningless. If you are familiar with Plato and Plotinus it will help. I also find that a familiarity with the concept of the Tao helps with understanding what is meant by Kosmos. I suppose that there could be esoteric teachings encoded and hidden in the original text, but personally I find the exoteric spiritual and metaphysical speculations to be quite interesting and valuable in their own right.
There was a reason that these teachings were preserved through so many centuries, while so much else was consigned to flames or left to rot....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good. 24 Sep 2000
By Caligastia145 - Published on Amazon.com
This is a pretty fascinating book, containing the works attributed to Hermes in English as well as the non-translated version, revealing one version on one page and the other version on the next page; Thus, when one reads the book, they find the non-translated version on one page and the English version on the other page, with footnotes and stuff to help out. Overall, a good book, and it gives some understanding of the thinking of the ancient Magickians and other Occultists. Worth getting, overall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those interested in the ancient Egyptian-Hellenistic-Pontus-Bithynian Arts 13 Nov 2011
By b1y - Published on Amazon.com
This is a book to read. It survived the Ceasars, thank God. It must then be read for the sake of tradition. At least some have sought to maintain this long and lost tradition(s). We thank the Socrates Chrestus flourished somewhat, god bless Hellenism and the work of Alexander the Great.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Real Texts 16 Nov 2012
By Ache Pall - Published on Amazon.com
Despite the affordability and user friendliness of of these volumes, especially of having the Greek and Latin with a facing page English translation, neither of these versions of the Hermetica, as Scott presents them in this volume, are real. Even worse than the fraud that Scott has perpetrated, is the fact that this will not be apparent unless one examines the Greek and Latin texts themselves. What Scott has offered here, rather than translations of the original documents, are texts that he has almost completely rewritten himself first and then translated. There is not a page, hardly even a line, that has not suffered a horrible mangling at the hands of Scott. The pages are filled with words and often whole passages that have been <cut out>, [moved] or even [[invented]] from whole cloth. Often (by which I mean usually) the text that results is unrecognizable from the original (really, I'm not kidding). Instead of the original documents, what Scott offers is a complete fantasy, a Frankensteinesque monstrosity in fact, but one that he has largely hidden from the reader. If you are purchasing this work to get access to translations of original ancient documents, you are being ripped off and lied to. Better to not spend the money at all.
5 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contains Greek And Latin Text Mixxed In 13 Feb 2006
By Jeff Marzano - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book because Edgar Cayce had said that Christ in the form of a god named Hermes (together with Horus and Ra Ta) was involved with the construction of the mysterious Great Pyramid.

But maybe Cayce was referring to the 'first' Hermes (also called Thoth) I don't know.

The material in this book was written by the 'second' Hermes who was a philosopher I guess in Egypt about 2,000 years ago.

Since I don't speak Greek or Latin I could only understand about 65 percent of the information in this book.

This definitely had an effect on how much I really understood.

I enjoyed it however since I'm interested in philosophy. This book mentions Plato and Plato's writings a lot. Hermes was apparently influenced by Plato and Plato in turn studied in Egypt and held the wisdom of the Egyptians in 'high esteem' (as did Pythagorus).

So it fits in with my interest in philosophy and metaphysics.

This is not a scientific book. It tells why gods did things and what they did but it doesn't explain scientifically HOW they did them.

In that sense it's more of a metaphysical book.

To me Plato and those other guys were surrounded by a fog of confusion and ignorance anyway as far as their theories about nature.

This is volume 3 of a 4 part series and I have no plans of reading the other volumes at this time.

Jeff Marzano

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