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The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2011
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.

One can really understand the many thinkers of our history that has been inspired by these writings, and also why so many rigid religious people has tried to destroy or discredit these words of ancient wisdom.

I hope to have provided you with some help, and wish you luck on your quest for knowledge!
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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 1999
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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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2014
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 anyone new to the subject or concept that we create our own reality with our thoughts. This happens if we are conscious of it (ideal way so we can create our own lives and manifest what we desire) or and sadly, and this is how the world operates, we let other people tell us what to believe and therefor think via religions, science, education and every mainstream media body, thus creating a reality that is bias toward the elite.

Well written though and well translated but not the full story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2014
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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on 10 March 2015
This is a nice little book filled with very deep esoteric wisdom, This wisdom contained in this book, has brightened ideas that i have already pondered, and made me contemplate on this and further understand it. But the words in this book have to be contemplated to be fully understood, in fact, it even says in this book that wisdom needs to be contemplated to be fully understood. Also the authors did a great job relaying the wisdom in this book for the current era.

Here is a quote from the hermetica in this book, these words should intice any avid reader.
"language is inadequate.
The gods sing a hymn of silence,
and i am silently listening"

If that is not true wisdom, then i don't know what is.
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42 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2007
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2013
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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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2010
Congratulations to you for being drawn towards this book. It is an excellent introduction to the eternal 'Truths' that make each of our lives on earth distinctly meaningful.
This book will help you on your journey of learning.
Equally important is the fact that it is also an enjoyable read!
Well done mssrs Freke and Gandy.
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on 2 November 2014
Felt like I was an ancient Egyptian, well written translation of the Hermetica, and captures well, the idea of Atum- The godhead. It's a very small book, and I read it quickly. However brief, it was inspiring in its own spiritual way. Phrases nicely, and vivid language, enjoyed my journey through this book. Into the land of ancient egyptian thought.
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