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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 – 1 Dec 1985
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" Having Scott's translation available again is a welcome event." — "Gnosis Magazine"
"Having Scott's translation available again is a welcome event."— "Gnosis Magazine "
"Having Scott's translation available again is a welcome event."-- Gnosis Magazine
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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 schools. Instead, they sought to expound a philosophic religion that would better satisfy their needs.
-In VOL.1 are the libelli of the Corpus Hermeticum, the Asclepius, the Hermetic excerpts in the Anthologium of Stobaeus, and other fragments. The entire text is produced in the original Greek or Latin, with an English translation on facing pages.
-In VOL.2 are the translator's notes on the twenty-eight libelli of the Corpus Hermeticum.
-In VOL.3 are the translator's commentary on the Latin Asclepius and the Hermetic excerpts of Stobaeus.
-In VOL.4 are alchemical writings in Greek and Latin about the Hermetica, as well as addenda and indices compiled after Scott's death.
Walter Scott (1855-1925), a classical scholar, devoted much of his life to the study of the Hermetica.
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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....