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The Hermetic Logos: The Hermetic Literature from the Hellenestic Age to Late Antiquity Ronaldo Gurgel Pereira

The Hermetic Logos: The Hermetic Literature from the Hellenestic Age to Late Antiquity

Ronaldo Gurgel Pereira

Published July 29th 2011
ISBN : 9783845422015
Paperback
216 pages
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This is a study on the Hermetic literature (namely the philosophical Hermetica) focusing the seventeen treatises of the so-called Corpus Hermeticum and several passages from other Hermetic sources. The first part deals with the problem of ethnicMoreThis is a study on the Hermetic literature (namely the philosophical Hermetica) focusing the seventeen treatises of the so-called Corpus Hermeticum and several passages from other Hermetic sources. The first part deals with the problem of ethnic identity to the Hermetics. A long essay about the cultural relations between Greeks and Egyptians from before Alexander to after the Roman conquest is followed by a debate on graeco-egyptian mentality. The second chapter debates the Hermetic literature as a whole, from the background concerning its dramatis personae to how its gnosis was formed, through the comparation between Egyptian traditions and Greek philosophy. This chapter also focuses on three key-concepts: logos, nous and gnosis. The last chapter deals with textual circularity and explores how social groups could overcome this literature in a set for ideological and political disputes. Here Gnostics, pagan philosophers and early Christian fathers are placed as contradictory producers of sense to the Hermetica.