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The Egyptian Hermes


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AbbreviationsPreface to the 1993 editionPreface (1986)Introduction: The texts1Pt. IModes of Cultural Interaction1The durability of Egypt13The gods of Egypt14Hermes Trismegistus22The Hermetica312Translation and interpretation45Aretalogies of Isis and Asclepius45Manetho and Chaeremon52Books of Thoth and technical Hermetica57Instructions and philosophical Hermetica68Pt. IIThe Way of Hermes3Magister omnium physicorum75Sympatheia75Magic79Occult properties and alchemy87Astrology914Religio mentis95The philosophical paideia97Gnosis1045Towards a via universalis116Technique and philosophy: interactions116Zosimus of Panopolis120Pre-Iamblichan theurgy126Iamblichus of Apamea1316Hermetism and theurgy142The role and understanding of ritual142Bitys150Pt. IIIThe Milieu of Hermetism7Hermetism in Egypt155The evidence of the Hermetica156First-century Alexandria - and beyond161Temples and priests166Upper Egypt168Late antique Alexandria177The milieu of Hermetism: a socio-intellectual description1868Aegypti sacra deportata196Conclusion213Appendix: Earliest testimonies to the name 'Hermes Trismegistus'216Bibliography218Index237

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Garth Fowden is a research fellow at the Center for Greek and Roman Antiquity of the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, and the author of Empire to Commonwealth: Consequences of Monotheism in Late Antiquity.


"[T]he books ascribed to Hermes ... fall into two divisions, the technical and the philosophical, which Fowden treats separately... [His] scholarly survery makes an excellent foundation for further study of points of detail and of paganism in general."--Shadow

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