- Taschenbuch: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: TarcherPerigee; Auflage: Original (26. Dezember 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 158542692X
- ISBN-13: 978-1585426928
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 1,3 x 18 cm
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The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. Dezember 2008
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Credited to Hermes, an Egyptian sage who lived around 3000 BC, "The Hermetica" is the foundation of the western mystery tradition. This text contains historical background information and a selection of Hermes' writings. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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The first accessible translation of the great forgotten Egyptian classic that has influenced Western thought for more than five thousand years. The Hermetica is a classic piece of sacred literature, believed to have been written around 3000 B.C. by the Egyptian sage Hermes. So revered and honored was Hermes, and so great was his wisdom, that he was given the title Trismegistus, meaning "thrice-great," and was eventually considered a god. His writings, which influenced much of ancient Egyptian and Greek and modern Western thought and civilization, are without question as important as such well-known Eastern scriptures including the Upanishads, the Dhammapada, and the Tao Te Ching. In the past, translations of this ancient book were written primarily for scholars, archaeologists, and anthropologists. Now Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy, two respected scholars of Western religion and philosophy, have done painstaking research to present a collection of excerpts that are easily understood by and relevant to, today's reader. Providing a fascinating introduction to the mystical philosophy of ancient Egypt and Greece that has shaped our world for five millennia, The Hermetica is a book for anyone interested in the first great Western civilization or in the knowledge of sacred traditions from all corners of the world. TIMOTHY FREKE is the author of many books on mystical philosophy, including The Tao Te Ching and, with PETER GANDY, The Complete Guide to World Mysticism. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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This book gives only an overview of the material contained in the Hermetica. For more advanced studies, I would recommend "The Egyptian Hermes" by Garth Fowden and "Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition" by Frances Yates. What's annoying is that a bibliography is given at the end of the book, but there are NO FOOTNOTES in the text. Comments such as "The pyramid texts of Saqquara...are over 5000 years old and yet contain doctrines that are identical to those expounded in the Hermetica [which were composed, most likely from pre-existing material, in the 2nd and/or 3rd cent. AD]" may or may not be found in the texts in the bibliography. There's no easy way to tell, other than purchasing and reading the listed titles. It's even more annoying that one of the books in the bibliography is badly misrepresented. The author's name is Lucie Lamy, not Lucy Lamy, and the title is "Egyptian Mysteries: New Light on Ancient Knowledge" not "The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt." This is the one that the aforementioned comment most likely came from, but it took me several weeks to realize the authors' mistake.
Okay, I'm done griping now. Enjoy the read. :-)
Fast-forward 5000 years, to that 'future world'. These sacred writings, among many others, have been returned to us, presented in a poetic manner which invites revisiting again and again. The teachings of Hermes, although ancient, reveal a Divine Order beneath the noise and bustle of our present world.
Get quiet. Put some Space music on. Tuck in to this little book, and let it work on your mind and heart and Awaken you, too.
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I found this an interesting book. It begins with a history of the Hermetica, which is an ancient Egyptian religious/philosophical work, which gives an insight into the nature of... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 24. Mai 2000 von Mr P. J. Ruane
The Introduction is a fantastic review of Hermes/Thoth, the library at Alexandria and the struggle to keep this valuable knowledge preserved. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 17. April 2000 veröffentlicht
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