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Thrice Greatest Hermes: Studies in Hellenistic Theosophy and Gnosis

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Subtitle: Studies in Hellenistic Theosophy & Gnosis
A Fascinating work being Mead's comprehensive survey of the literature attributed to the legendary Egyptian sage, Hermes Trismegistus. It was first published in three volumes in London in 1906 and is considered the definitive masterpiece of G.R.S. Mead, Gnosticism's greatest early scholar.
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Hardcover, 864 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Weiser Books (York Beach, ME) (first published 1906)
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Désirée Blondin-White
This book was a boring, pedantic, snorefest almost from beginning to end. Why did it make my reading list, and why did I read it from beginning to end over a period of 9 months? Well, for a few reasons:because of a deep curiosity for Hermes Trismegistus, as a semi- mythological character (sort of the way that Hippocrates may have been many people, or no one real), Mead (the author), as a follower of Madame Blavatsky and as an inspiration for Carl Jung, because of the stories concerning Ancient E ...more
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Mar 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in hellenistic mysticism
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
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Michael Miley represents a classic case of pathological bibliophilia. Unlike my own relatively benign neurotic affliction, Michael's borders on psychosis. While I am inclined to go on a walk and return with a backpack full of used books obtained at thrift stores and yard sales, Michael will walk right into a Barnes & Noble and use a credit card to buy every book which strikes his overheated fancy. As a consequence, his library looks prettier than mine, his books tending to be much newer, unmarke ...more
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George Robert Stowe Mead, who always published under the initialism G.R.S. Mead, was a historian, writer, editor, translator, and an influential member of the Theosophical Society, as well as founder of the Quest Society. His scholarly works dealt mainly with the Hermetic and Gnostic religions of Late Antiquity, and were exhaustive for the time period.

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