But he also speaks to the Spermatic Logos, from Hermes Trismegistus
, thought of as the Seminal Word in the Gnostic canon.
two of three references under "Hermes (Greek god)" refer in fact to Hermes Trismegistus
In some versions of the legend, Hermes Trismegistus
was not a god but an ancient Egyptian alchemist who had taken his name from Hermes and was buried in a chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Curran gives more particular attention to the Corpus Hermeticum, works of the first to third centuries that were presented as Greek translations of the Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus
, and to the Hieroglyphica, probably the work of the later fifth-century Alexandrian Horapollo the Younger, as well as to Macrobius's Saturnalia of the beginning of the fifth century.
In The Secret History of Hermes Trismegistus
, Florian Ebeling sets out to survey primary sources, along the way correcting or clarifying a number of longstanding historiographical issues.
Linden, The Alchemy Reader: From Hermes Trismegistus
to Isaac Newton, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp.
the word hermetic is derived from a mortal being, the Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus
, who reportedly succeeded in hermetically closing a glass tube by means of a mysterious airtight seal.
Along with these, the Corpus Hermeticum, a collection of late texts related to Hermes Trismegistus
(Thoth "Thrice Great") had considerable influence.
Hornung details how, through a process of syncretic fusion, Greek perceptions of the god Thoth and various Egyptian sages took shape in the pantheistic figure of Hermes Trismegistus
, who, over the centuries, would come to be viewed by dozens of esoteric traditions as the source of all learning.
With a total of three more business trips on its itinerary to the dusk, Mercury stakes a claim to the reputation of another version of the god of magical transactions, Hermes Trismegistus
, or "Thrice-great Hermes.
An addict of astrology, she next fell for the Hermetic School, the traditional lore of Hermes Trismegistus
, a fabricated figure who never existed; and finally for the fantasy world of Rosicrucianism.
was almost identical to the Greek god Hermes.