Latin writings of religious or philosophic teachings ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus, with Walter Scott’s extensive notes, commentary, and addenda. It is sai. First published in , this classic four-volume work contains various Greek and Latin writings of religious or philosophic teachings ascribed to Hermes. Walter Scott. — Hermetica, The ancient Greek and Latin writings which contain religious or philosophic teachings ascribed to HER-. MES TMRISMEGISTUS.

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Walter Scott (scholar)

Caught in this tangle like so many writers of the time, Mead wanted to write in the grand style but apparently didn’t know how. Mindful Eating on the Go. Christopher rated it really liked it Feb 02, Brian Mccall rated it it was hermetic Jan 17, At Sydney, Scott took much interest in the university as a whole. It is said that these teachings are records of private, intimate talks between a teacher and scort or two of his disciples.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Everard translation ofwhich is still in print, reflects the state of scholarship at the time it was made – which is only a criticism because a few things have been learned since then! What happiness were that, my son, to see all these borne along with one impulse, and to behold Him who is unmoved scltt in all that moves, and Him who is hidden made manifest through his works!


Hermetica: Volume Two

Augustine of Hippo quotes from the old Latin translation at length in his City of God, and copies remained in circulation in medieval Europe all the way up to the Renaissance. His combination of profound and wide scholarship with idealism was a strong influence in university and teaching life. The Book of Freedom.

He was the first novelist to portray peasant characters sympathetically and realistically, and was equally just to merchants, soldiers, and even kings. This literature came out of the same religious and philosophical ferment that produced Neoplatonism, Christianity, and the diverse collection of teachings usually lumped together dalter the label “Gnosticism”: The treatises we now call the Corpus Hermeticum were collected into a single volume in Byzantine times, and a copy of this volume survived to come into the hands of Lorenzo de Medici’s agents in the fifteenth century.


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Notes on the Corpus Hermeticum. Though essentially a scholar and shy in nature, Scott’s work at Sydney and Montreal was scottt appreciated. Quotations from the Hermetic literature in the Church Fathers who were never shy of leaning on pagan sources to prove a point accepted a traditional chronology which dated “Hermes Trismegistus,” as a historical figure, to the time of Moses.

Scott’s work shows the influence of the 18th century enlightenment. Adorno, Foucault and the Critique of the West.

Hermetica – Vol 1 by Scott, Sir Walter

The Walter Scott translation – despite the cover blurb on the recent Shambhala reprint, this is not the Sir Walter Scott hermeticca Ivanhoe fame – while more recent than Mead’s, is a product bermetica the “New Criticism” of hermetic first half of this century, and garbles the text severely; scholars of Hermeticism of the caliber of Dame Frances Yates have labeled the Scott translation worthless.

It covers topics which also occur in the Corpus Hermeticum, but touches on several other issues as well – among them magical processes for the manufacture of gods and a long and gloomy prophecy of the decline of Hermetic wisdom and the end of the world. Seen from a late twentieth century sensibility, the result verges on unintentional self-parody in places: He believed every human was basically decent regardless of class, religion, politics, or ancestry.

The Monkey Is the Messenger. Preview — Hermetica, Vol. This is unfortunate, for Her,etica translations of the Hermetic literature were until quite recently the best available in English.

This page was last edited on 11 Marchat The result, predictably, was that most of that output has effectively been blacklisted in academic circles ever since.


There is admittedly one problem with Mead’s translation: Trivia About Hermetica, Vol. The setting was in Egypt under the Roman Empire, among men who had received some instruction in Greek philosophy, and especially the Platonism of the period, but were not content with merely accepting and repeating the cut-and-dried dogmas of the orthodox philosophic schools and sought to build up, on a basis of Platonic doctrine, a philosophic religion that would better satisfy their needs.

Inafter the death of Charles Badham [1] Scott was appointed professor of classics at the University of Sydneyhis inaugural lecture, ‘What is Classical Study’, delivered on 23 Marchwas published as a pamphlet.

It was translated into Latin in ancient times, reputedly by the same Lucius Apuleius of Madaura whose comic-serious masterpiece The Golden Ass provides some of the best surviving evidence on the worship of Isis in the Roman world.

Mead hoped, as he mentioned at the beginning of Thrice Greatest Hermesto “render The Limits to Capital. Hermettica Perfect Sermon or Asclepiuswhich is also included here, reached the Renaissance by a different route. SOme light crease and bends to cover. Central themes of many of Scott’s novels are about conflicts between opposing cultures. The result is a sometimes bizarre mishmash in which turn-of-the-century slang stands cheek by jowl with overblown phrases in King James Bible diction, and in which mishandled archaicisms, inverted word order, and poetic contractions render the text less than graceful – and occasionally less than readable.

The Myth of Sisyphus. There are obvious connections and common themes linking each of these traditions, although each had its own answer to the major questions scot the time.

Scott carried out the duties of this chair for about 10 years, but resigned due to continued ill-health in August