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Corpus Hermeticum

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A collection of Greek writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistos, dating from some time before the close of the second century AD, Corpus Hermeticum forms the core of the Hermetic tradition, and was one of the main influences on and motivational factors for the Renaissance. This OMTO edition is based upon the classic translation by GRS Mead, lightly updated into more conte ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Jeremy Mills Publishing
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I had read John Everard's translation of the Hermetica previously, but this is the first time I had read G.R.S. Mead's translation. Because I was curious to contrast the deficiencies and/or merits of each, I decided to read both translations this time in tandem. I will, accordingly, offer my analysis of both and post this review for both versions.
Occasionally one or the other offers a better translation. This is either due to a better grasp of the text or a better source. Supposedly, only Mead
Desiree Finkbeiner
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
very interesting concepts. thought-provoking, though for students seeking a text with language closer to modern English, yet still touching on Hermetic teachings with weight and understanding; i recommend reading 'the Kybalion'. ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very old book. One of the oldest surviving Hermetic manuscripts is the Papyrus Vindobonensis Graeca 29456, which dates to the end of the 2nd century AD. This is the review of Mead's translation. This book is described by its editors as the key work standing between the ancient Greek civilisation and the dawn of Christianity.
The first aspect that hits me in this book is the focus on God and all deity things that the thinking man of the second century was preoccupied with. Hence, the boo
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mead's translation is not my favorite, but reading these ancient treatises was more pleasurable than I expected. They are a great deal more interesting and intelligible than much of the Hermetic tradition since, shining a light on the religious mood of the Hellenistic age while also presenting inherently worthwhile philosophical material for consideration. ...more
This was a challenging text to delve into, which will require rereading of a different translation to understand better. The language Mead used at times was difficult to comprehend. One of the chapters I liked the most was "Mind Unto Hermes" which contained the line If, then, thou dost not make thyself like unto God, thou canst not know Him. For like is knowable unto like.

I was not impressed with this Forgotten Books publication as it did not include G.R.S. Mead's commentaries on each of the ch
Jun 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of those texts that's considered a "must read" in many ceremonial magick/occult circles. While I understand the significance of learning the basics of Hermetic philosophy? This was probably one of the most painful texts I have had the honor of attempting to read through.

To get the best read out of this, you may need to get a separate translation. Many are available online. You may need them since the writing style is purposely convoluted as if Mead was attempting to add a bit more g
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
The text is filled with Truth, but the influence of corruption has obviously changed much of it. I enjoyed Timothy Freke's "The Hermetica" more, which refines this text into a more pure and beautiful read, as I think it was meant to be. ...more
Alex Agostinelli
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I rarely write reviews, but anybody interested in esoterica/world religion (especially Westerners) must reads this
John Kulm
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like this translation by Meade. The Corpus Hermeticum is the source if you want to read on Hermeticism. But my .99 cent Kindle copy seems to be missing some of the chapters. I'm not certain since online descriptions of various translations seem to break the text into chapters differently. The subject interests me enough that I'll have to look into other translations.
An important note in chapter VI points out the word "good" in the text means "self-caused," "self-sufficient," and not the curren
Kıray Elvan
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Güzel. Mead'in çevirisi hakkında henüz bir yorum yapamayacağım zira Latince ve Yunanca bilmiyorum. Kitabın Türkçe çevirmeni de önsözde belirttiği gibi kitabı orjinal dilinden değil Mead'in ingilizce çevirisinden çevirmiş. Bunu dikkate alarak okudum. Genel olarak kitabı çok beğendim. Hayatın her döneminde dönüp okunulması gereken bir kitap olduğunu düşünüyorum. ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Great intro to Gnosticism. Before reading it I had already adhered to some solipsistic ideas and Gnosticism is quite compatible with that. It also helped me understand the religious change from egyptian/greek philosophy and religion all the way to christianity. The distinction between the Mind, the Soul, and the Spirit was eye-opening, for a long time I thought these were all synonyms.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful. Lovely to read out loud.

Terrible spelling errors. No excuse for them in such a short work of such prestige.
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not sure if this is the "right" version ...more
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Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not witchy enough but hopefully it helps me understand watchmen better
Ralitsa Mitova
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mind-blowing book! :)
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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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