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Hermetica


Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


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[ xiii.a ] A body of Hellenistic mystical philosophy of the 2nd-3rd centuries ce , called after Hermes Trismegistus, ‘Thrice-Greatest Hermes’ (the Egyptian god Thoth). Hermes and others reveal this teaching to mortals as the way of wisdom and life. Some of the 18 treatises have the form of Socratic dialogues; others are epistolary in style. There is an element of Egyptian thought ( see A ncient egyptian religion ) in their background. The Greek sources are partly Platonic, partly Stoic ( see G reek religion ); the S eptuagint has also been drawn upon, especially for cosmogony. [17: 292–7, 300–7] ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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