The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs
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The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs

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The first easily accessible translation of the esoteric writings that inspired some of the world?s greatest artists, scientists, and philosophers.

Here is an essential digest of the Greco-Egyptian writings attributed to the legendary sage-god Hermes Trismegistus (Greek for thrice-greatest Hermes)?a combination of the Egyptian Thoth and the Greek Hermes.

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Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 26th 2008 by Tarcher (first published 1997)
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Erin
Very enlightening. I had read sections of the Nag Hammadi scrolls previously and had no idea who Hermes Trismegistus was. Now I know. Not surprisingly, the Hermetica's core ideas are found in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Rehab
كان المفترض ان المؤلف يفصل ما بين متون هرمس وبين تعقيبه عليها احيانا كنت بتوه بين الاتنيم ومقدرش افرق بينهم
David
This book is a collection of excerpts from a couple texts of the Alexandrian Gnostic era, mostly from the Corpus Hermeticum. I've been hoping to run across a copy of the Corpus Hermeticum for a few months, but stumbled onto this book instead and it ended up being a nice introduction to Hermeticism. The authors extracted pieces of the writings of Hermes Trismegistus and gathered them into chapters devoted to certain themes. So while this book is not a true-to-form copy of the Corpus Hermeticum, i...more
Joshua Silverman
This book is a collection of texts from various Hermetic readings, however not the entire collection of Hermetic readings. The authors admit that a collection of all of the readings would be too dense for your average reader. They give a decent, although superficial in some places, introduction on the background of these readings and the impact they have had on other religions, science, philosophy, etc.

The bulk of the book consists of 20 chapters on the Hermetic texts. Each chapter contains a 2...more
Tom Darrow
This book is a collection of texts from various Hermetic readings, not the entire collection of Hermetic readings. The authors admit that a collection of all of the readings would be too dense for your average reader. They give a decent, although superficial in some places, introduction on the background of these readings and the impact they have had on other religions, science, philosophy, etc.

The bulk of the book consists of 20 chapters on the Hermetic texts. Each chapter contains a 2 page su...more
Katie Muffett
I give four stars to the Corpus mainly because the exact origins are a bit of a mystery in themselves. While the verse is very beautiful and compelling, I would like a little more support in the form of an introduction or foreward to support the claim that this work does indeed have as much relevance as the Upanishads or the Tao Te Ching.

However, I do agree with a lot of Timothy Freke's interpretations of spirituality and mysticism - particularly his aversion to literalism and religious dogma. S...more
Jay D
Heavy on fluff, light on scholarship, but still an ok introduction to the ideas of the so-called "hermetica" of Aegypt. Much more Hellenistic-Platonic than Aegyptian, admittedly. It does appear the perennial tradition extends prior to Plato back to Aegypt and India.

Illustrates the panentheistic nature of the Hellenic mystery tradition, and Aegypt's as much the same, with divine exemplarism, cyclical history, reincarnation, astrology, etc.: much of what is found in Plato' Timaeus.
Joanna
I sadly don't understand anything about this stuff! This is a thin book, pulling out some choice bits out of what I assume is a much, much larger and even harder to comprehend text written by Hermes Trismegistus, whomever you believe him (they?) to be.
Gaz Page
Nice book. Simple and straight to the point. Underpinning egyptian panentheism from Hermes. Often attributed as the god Hermes who authored some of this material. The god Thoth, Hermes and Mercury being the same. Hermes the thrice great.
Kendra
Nifty little big, kind of an opener to The Hermetica. The authors mention just how big the book is, and how difficult it is to understand and break down some of the interesting and important parts. Fascinating read.
Fiona Robson
This was absolutely fascinating. I have heard so much about "Hermes Trismegistos", but hadn't realised that this was Thoth or read the Hermetica. So, this was a most enjoyable read.
Mitchell26 McLaughlin
While this book meshes together quotations from dispirit sources, the authors do pull from the Hermetica all the great quotes that one needs to understand the whole of the ancient texts.
Nada Alsheddi
مقدمة بسيطة عن هرمس، جيد لمن يرغب بمعرفة بسيطة عنه، يحتوي على مقتطفات من تعاليم هرمس
يعيبه في النسخة العربية الكلمات العربية غير مترابطة في بعض الأحيان.
استمتعت بقراءته.
Ian Apperley
Crap.

No instructions on how to make a mummy let alone any spells for cursing.

Managed to wrap up the cat and scare the wife though.
Flameater
It's a good general guide to the Hermes Corpus and can be used as a companion read. The Hermes Corpus on it's own is pretty heavy reading.
Adisa Franklin
A lot of answers in this book for truth seekers. Comes with some ancient prophecies that have come true.
Jeannette Jackson
I still love to tap into the Wisdom of this amazing Tome to this very day.
Jason Maness
Great book. The wisdom of Hermes is timeless and spans all religions.
Sunflower
It is interesting & thought provoking. At least to me it is.
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Timothy Freke has an honors degree in philosophy and is the author of more than twenty books on world spirituality. He lectures and runs experiential seminars throughout the world exploring gnosis. For information, see timothyfreke.com. Both Freke and Gandy live in England and are the authors of five previous books, including The Jesus Mysteries and Jesus and the Lost Goddess.
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