Hermetica II

The Excerpt of Stobaeus, Papyrus Fragments, and Ancient Testimonies in an English Translation with Notes and Introduction

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M. David Litwa
M. David Litwa
  • Cambridge, England: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , June
     384 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This volume presents in new English translations the scattered fragments and testimonies regarding Hermes Thrice Great that complete Brian Copenhaver's translation of the Hermetica (Cambridge, 1992). It contains the twenty-nine fragments from Stobaeus (including the famous Kore Kosmou), the Oxford and Vienna fragments (never before translated), an expanded selection of fragments from various authors (including Zosimus of Panopolis, Augustine, and Albert the Great), and testimonies about Hermes from thirty-eight authors (including Cicero, Pseudo-Manetho, the Emperor Julian, Al-Kindī, Michael Psellus, the Emerald Tablet, and Nicholas of Cusa). All translations are accompanied by introductions and notes which cite sources for further reading. These Hermetic texts will appeal to a broad array of readers interested in western esotericism including scholars of Egyptology, the New Testament, the classical world, Byzantium, medieval Islam, the Latin Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

M. David Litwa is Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion and Critical Enquiry in Melbourne Australia. His recent books include: Desiring Divinity: Self-deification in Early Jewish and Christian Mythmaking (2016); Refutation of All Heresies: Text, Translation, and Notes (2016) and Iesus Deus: The Early Christian Depiction of Jesus as a Mediterranean God (2014).


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