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The Corpus Hermeticum: Initiation Into Hermetics, The Hermetica Of Hermes Trismegistus
Paperback - English

This complete edition of the Corpus Hermeticum, which introduces in eighteen chapters the religious and philosophical principles of Hermetics, was translated by G. R. S. Mead.

Hermetics is a religious, philosophical, and esoteric practice based around the beliefs and writings of the pagan priest Hermes Trismegistus. Influential for its distinct beliefs and characteristics, Hermeticism carried a profound influence over the Renaissance in Europe. Many Christian believers paid it heed, with much art depicting the Hermetic belief system appearing between the 14th and 17th centuries in particular.

Notably, Hermetics claims to be a descended version of the prisca theologia - a principle which affirms there is but one, true theology in the world. This essence of the divine is present in all religions, and was according to legend given to mankind in distant antiquity. This belief, discussed by Hermes Trismegistus, has led many scholars of philosophy and religion to examine Hermetics in detail.

Hermeticism remains an esoteric interest which attracts a modest amount of attention around the world. As an introduction to the tradition, The Corpus Hermeticum is beyond doubt a good starting point. It introduces and distinguishes the main pillars of Hermeticism in a manner easily comprehended, and is itself a primary source.

This translation by G. R. S. Mead originally appeared in 1906, and has been considered authoritative and faithful to the ancient Hermetic texts ever since.

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ISBN
EAN
9781537702438
Publisher
Publication Date
16/09/2016
Pages
96
Dimension
22.91cm x 15.19cm x 0.51cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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About Author

Mead, G. R. S.
G. R. S. Mead is regarded as a pioneer in the field of Gnostic and Hermetic studies. A highly intuitive scholar, Mead joined the company of Madame Blavatsky and her close associates. In this circle, he learned the profound mysteries of the Gnostics and became a translator of these writings. Mead evidently suffered some scholarly prejudice because of his connections with Theosophy. However, he also visited with C. G. Jung during his last years, and Jung thanked him for his dedicated work, his outstanding use of the English language, and for his affinity toward the experience of Gnosis.




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