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The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs

written by Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy

Penguin Books Ltd | ISBN 9781585426928

Paperback – 192 pages


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Discover the secret teachings at the heart of Western thought.

The figure of Hermes was venerated as a great and mythical teacher in the ancient world and was rediscovered by the finest minds of the Renaissance. The writings attributed to his hand are a time capsule of Egyptian and Greek esoteric philosophy and have influenced figures including Blake, Newton, Milton, Shelley, Shakespeare, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Jung.

Here is the first truly accessible compendium of the mystical philosophy attributed to the legendary sage-god Hermes Trismegistus (Greek for thrice-greatest Hermes) - a combination of the Egyptian Thoth and the Greek Hermes. The Hermetica is a fascinating introduction to the intersection of the Egyptian and Hellenic cultures and the magico-religious ideas of the antique world. It is an essential and illuminating volume for anyone interested in understanding the West's roots in Egyptian and esoteric thought.

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