The Secret History of Hermes Trismegistus: Hermeticism from Ancient to Modern Times HARDCOVER

The Secret History of Hermes Trismegistus: Hermeticism from Ancient to Modern Times HARDCOVER

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"Perhaps Hermeticism has fascinated so many people precisely because it has made it possible to produce many analogies and relationships to various traditions: to Platonism in its many varieties, to Stoicism, to Gnostic ideas, and even to certain Aristotelian doctrines. The Gnostic, the esoteric, the Platonist, or the deist has each been able to find something familiar in the writings. One just had to have a penchant for remote antiquity, for the idea of a Golden Age, in order for Hermeticism, with its aura of an ancient Egyptian revelation, to have enjoyed such outstanding success."―from the Introduction

Hermes Trismegistus, known as "thrice-great Hermes," has been a mysterious and influential figure throughout history. With roots in the amalgamation of the wisdom gods Hermes and Thoth, he is believed to be the author of mystical and magical writings on alchemy, astrology, medicine, and the transcendence of God. From antiquity to the present day, philosophers, Freemasons, and Enlightenment thinkers have revered Hermes Trismegistus as the founder of philosophy, a forefather, and a symbol of religious tolerance. He remains a central figure in the occult, with his name closely associated with esoteric practices.

In this scholarly yet accessible introduction to the history of Hermeticism and its mythical founder, Florian Ebeling provides a concise overview of the Corpus Hermeticum and other writings attributed to Hermes. He traces the impact of Christian and Muslim versions of the figure in medieval Europe, the power of Hermeticism and Paracelsian belief in Renaissance thought, the relationship to Pietism and to Freemasonry in early modern Europe, and the relationship to esotericism and semiotics in the modern world.