First published in 1924, this classic work contains various Greek and Latin writings of religious or philosophic teachings attributed to the Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus, with Walter Scott's extensive notes, commentary, and addenda.It is said that these teachings are records of private, intimate talks between a teacher and one or two of his disciples. 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 dogmas of the orthodox philosophic schools. Instead, they sought to expound a philosophic religion that would better satisfy their needs.Included here are the libelli of the Corpus Hermeticum, the Asclepius, the Hermetic excerpts in the Anthologium of Stobaeus, and other fragments. The entire text is produced in the original Greek or Latin, with an English translation on facing pages.Walter Scott (1855-1925), a classical scholar, devoted much of his life to the study of the Hermetica.
Politics-Social-Sciences, Philosophy, Greek-Roman,