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The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs [Paperback]

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Mar 1999
Credited to Hermes, an Egyptian sage who lived around 3000 BC, "The Hermetica" is the foundation of the western mystery tradition. This text contains historical background information and a selection of Hermes' writings.
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  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Deep Books (Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874779502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874779509
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy are the authors of the widely popular books The Jesus Mysteries, Jesus and the Lost Goddess, and The Laughing Jesus. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book and a great starting point 10 Mar 2011
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In this book Freke & Gandy provides you with some of the most thought provoking text attributed to Hermes and adding their take on the meaning of these in a manner that aims to help you in understanding the texts themselves.

Corpus Hermeticum is a collection of texts compiled in 18 books (although they have not included anything from book 15 here), written originally in Greek and in Alexandria. You will be given a short history of the origins and thoughts around wether or not it was written by the Sage himself or by several authors since it is written in Greek but referes to scrips written in hieroglyphs.
This history of the text itslf makes you realise how thought provoking it has been and still is, and makes you curious as to know why.

Each text is presented by Freke & Gandy's take on what Hermes trully means by what he writes and provides you with an idea of what frame of mind you need to put yourself in as you read it. This helped me greatly in opening my mind to let the words speak to me as Hermes would have had us do.

They have also chosen to write his words, not as the expected dialog which is the way Corpus Hermetica is originally written, but as clear cut speach. This is very helpfull for anyone not to familiar or comfortable with the usual form of writing, and or someone who is unfamiliar with philosophical writings and of Hermetic thought to begin with.

I highly reccommend anyone interested in understading the mythology of the Egyptians, ancient relligion, Sufis, philosophy or religion as a whole to purchase this book as a companion to the original writings of Corpus Hermeticum as it will help you understand the basis of these better.
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The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs
The original "Hermetica" as compiled by Greek scholars in Alexandria in the early centuries CE is a complex work in eighteen volumes, Freke and Gander have extracted twenty key extracts presenting them with their own overviews and new translations.

These teachings from the earliest Egyptian records 5000 years ago bring together a comprehensive statement of the basis of subsequent religions, the zodiac, and astrology constituting a profoundly worthwhile study.

Highly recommended and essential for anyone discovering the fascination of the early pagan and Christians religions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent glimpse into Egypts past 21 Mar 1999
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This is one of the most accessible books on the works of the Hermetica available to the casual reader. It gives a fascinating glimpse into a philosophy that was held nearly 5000 years ago. After reading this book it is no wonder to me that the ideas expressed have endured so long and influenced so many of the greatest minds in history. It is definitely a 'must' for any student of Egypt and earlier religions, not to mention a thought provoking series of passages that force a re-evaluation of our place in the Universe.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Copy paste 28 Feb 2012
I LOVE Freke and Gandy, and Jesus mysteries is one of the 3 most important books in my life. But this book is a simple copy paste of superficial ideas from the Hermetic basic books. I learnt nothing new, and authors didn't add any particular thought from their own. If you are interested in Hermetica read the Kybalion and you can skip this other book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Hermetica 14 Mar 2014
By Scott
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A good book for an introduction to hermeticism. The book basically gives a basic outline of hermetica but explains it well so it is easy to understand, you wont be overwhelmed by long, complicated text, plus a little history. Great as an introduction for beginers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hermetica 2 Nov 2013
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I highly recommend this book to anyone ready for it. Many interesting things are contained within. An excellent read and definitely a keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Mar 2007
By Mrs. A. M. Chadwick VINE VOICE
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I have been to Egypt, the first time was in 1993, and I made my mind up that I'd like to study Egyptology.

Although in my second year of studying Egyptology, during my third year I will be studying the Egyptian religion. Although it isn't one of the study books I will be required to read I still decided to purchase it.

This classical sacred literature is believed to have been written by Hermes, an Egyptian sage, it is believed that it was written 3000 B.C.

The people thought his wisdom was great.

This is the first times this has been available to others rather then just scholars, archaeologists and anthropologists. The books authors have done endless research to present a collection of excerpts that would be understand and relevant to today's people of the world. You could say it's the earliest form of a religious bible to be written.

It's very interesting to see the way they thought back then and how we'd translate to fit our present day. I have always been interested in the Ancient Egyptian Religion and I found this book informative, interesting and enjoyable to read.

Whether you are studying Egyptology or just want a little more knowledge about the Egyptian Religion this is a good starting point.

It makes an excellent edition to my little Egyptian library, which now stands at nearly 1000 books on this subject. :-)

Have a look at the rest of my reviews, you'll find number of Egyptian books mentioned. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hermetica.
Top read for anyone whose into philosophy or history, although it just the tip of and iceberg. This book is part of the truth about our real past and a good starting point for... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.Threw new light & understanding about the esoteric. Delighted I purchased this book. Thank you for this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and compact
This is a well written translation, and it's helped me out a lot with my research. It's quite small and very light. but that is just what I wanted. Read more
Published 12 months ago by George Gibson
1.0 out of 5 stars Good readable outline of the gist of this ancient and occult text.
Simple, straightforward and factual. Author's own translation of text, together with short commentaries. . A very clear account of an otherwise obscure piece of esoterica. Read more
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Published 16 months ago by Lawrence King
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hermetica
A very interesting synopsis of the vast Hermetic writings.Also,all the books ordered arrived sooner than advised,which was very helpful to me.
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I found this book a pleasant surprise that awoke my interest towards the higher meaning of life - if there is such a thing at all. Read more
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