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Author Ebeling, Florian, 1966-

Title The secret history of Hermes Trismegistus : hermeticism from ancient to modern times / Florian Ebeling ; translated from the German by David Lorton ; foreword by Jan Assmann.

Imprint Ithaca, N.Y. ; London : Cornell University Press, 2011.


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 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  135.45 EBELING    Check Shelf
Edition Cornell pbk.
Description xiii, 158 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note Originally published, Cornell University Press, 2007.
Includes gloassry.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- I. Prehistory and Early History of a Phantasm. 1. What Are Hermetic Texts? -- 2. The Hermetic Texts of Late Antiquity -- 3. Hermes as Preacher of Theology and Philosophy -- 4. Hermes: Astrologer, Magus, and Alchemist -- 5. What Was Ancient Hermeticism? -- II. The Middle Ages: Christian Theology and "Antediluvian" Magic. 1. Christian Hermeticism -- 2. Arab Hermeticism -- 3. Hermes Latinus -- 4. Traditions of Medieval Hermeticism -- III. Renaissance: Primeval Wisdom for a New World. 1. Tradition or Rediscovery? -- 2. Hermeticism and Paracelsism -- 3. Religious Hermeticism -- 4. Two Paths of Hermeticism in the Early Modern Period -- IV. Seventeenth Century: High Point and Decline. 1. Casaubon and the Dating of the Hermetic Texts -- 2. Hermeticism and the Modern Natural Sciences -- 3. Hermeticism and Pietism -- 4. The Decrepitude of Hermeticism? -- V. Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Between Occultism and Enlightenment. 1. Two German Editions of the Corpus Hermeticum -- 2. Hermes Trismegistus in Freemasonry -- 3. From Historical to Systematic Hermeticism -- VI. Twentieth Century: Systems and Esoterica. 1. Julius Evola and Esoteric Hermeticism -- 2. Umberto Eco's Hermetic Semiosis and Heinrich Rombach's Hermeticism.
Summary Hermes Trismegistus, "thrice-great Hermes," emerged from the amalgamation of the wisdom gods Hermes and Thoth and is one of the most enigmatic figures of intellectual history. Since antiquity, the legendary "wise Egyptian" has been considered the creator of several mystical and magical writings on such topics as alchemy, astrology, medicine, and the transcendence of God. Philosophers of the Renaissance celebrated Hermes Trismegistus as the founder of philosophy, Freemasons called him their forefather, and Enlightenment thinkers championed religious tolerance in his name. To this day, Hermes Trismegistus is one of the central figures of the occult--his name is synonymous with the esoteric. -- Publisher description.
Subject Hermes, Trismegistus.
Hermetism -- History.
Hermes, Trismegistus.
Occultism -- History.
Hermes, Trismegistus. (OCoLC)fst00062364
Hermetism. (OCoLC)fst00955517
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Author Lorton, David, 1945-2011.
Assmann, Jan.
Added Title Geheimnis des Hermes Trismegistos. English
Hermeticism from ancient to modern times
ISBN 9780801445460 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0801445469 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780801477492 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0801477492 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
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