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am 4. Juni 1999
Only 90 or so pages of this book comprise the actual translation. The long introduction is illuminative and absolutely necessary to show how these writings may have influenced early Christian and Platonic thinkers. The 150 pages found after the translation are exhaustive notes that would be of use only to scholars.
Moreso than the Bible, these writings expound on the natures of god and the desirability of adoration of the creator. Although pre-Christian, the most lock jawed modern day fundamentalist will find little that is objectionable here. Copenhaver's introduction makes it clear as to why these pre-Christian writings found favor with many early Christian thinkers. There is no hocus pocus in this book on Hermetica -- a word which is often associated with occult. Thanks to Copenhaver for the English translation.
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am 25. August 2011
I have only just begun to delve into the world of Hermeticism, Alchemy, and other such topics. I found this book to be a very good first step into the Corpus Hermeticum. It has a very long, yet invaluable introduction. The translation is also very easy to read...that is to say, it is a very "novice friendly" translation of the Hermetica.
I recommend this to anyone starting out with a real interest in this subject.