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Hermetica: The Ancient Greek and Latin Writings (Volume I)

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First published in 1924, this classic four-volume work contains various Greek and Latin writings of religious or philosophic teachings ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus.

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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 cut-and-dried dogmas of the orthodox philosophic schools and sought to build up, on a basis of Platonic doctrine, 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.

Volumes II, III, and IV of Hermetica, which contain Scott's notes on the work, his commentary, and testimonia, extensive addenda, and indices, are also published by Shambhala.

Corpus Hermeticum (Four Volumes) 


Title Page
Hermes Trismegistus, His First Book
The Second Book, Called, Poemander
The Third Book, the Holy Sermon
The Fourth Book, Called the Key
The Fifth Book, That God is not Manifest, and Yet Most Manifest
The Sixth Book, That in God Alone is Good
The Seventh Book, His Secret Sermon in the Mount of Regeneration, Profession of Silence
The Eighth Book, the Greatest Evil in Man is the not Knowing God
The Ninth Book, a Universal Sermon to Asclepius
The Tenth Book, the Mind to Hermes
The Eleventh Book of the Common Mind, to Tat
The Twelfth Book, His Crater or Monas
The Thirteenth Book, of Sense and Understanding
The Fourteenth Book, of Operation and Sense
The Fifteenth Book, of Truth to His Son Tat
The Sixteenth Book, that None of the Things that Are Can Perish
The Seventeenth Book, to Asclepius, to be Truly Wise

"Around 1460 A.D, a Greek manuscript from a Macedonian monastery arrived at Florence. It was a compendium of seventeen texts, some of them in fragments only, concerning theology, philosophy, astrology, alchemy and magic. Cosimo de Medici was so fascinated by the writings that he immediately asked his expert translator of Plato, Marsilio Ficino, to examine the texts and render them into Latin right away. The Latin translation of these texts was called the Corpus Hermeticum. It had been named after their main protagonist, ―Hermes Trismegistos, who was thought to be the author of an ancient philosophical and magical doctrine. The Corpus Hermeticum, especially its first treatise, ―The Poimandres, was circulating across Western Europe in many copies before it was published in 1471.

Due to Ficino‘s Latin translation and comments, Europeans started to engage with the Hermetic doctrine producing their own interpretations and originating Western esoteric movements. Among these were the alchemist movements of the 15th century as well as Rosicrucianism during the 16th and 17th centuries. Freemasonry followed in the 18th and 19th centuries ensued by Theosophy and the New Age movements during the 20th and 21st centuries."       ~Ronaldo Gurgel Pereira


"And the wickedness of a Soul is ignorance; for the Soul that knows nothing of the things that are, neither the Nature of them, nor that which is good, but is blinded, rusheth and dasheth against the bodily Passions, and unhappy as it is, not knowing itself, it serveth strange Bodies, and evil ones, carrying the Body as a burthen, and not ruling, but ruled. And this is the mischief of the Soul."

Editor Scott, Walter
Author Trismegistus, Hermes
Translator Scott, Walter
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 549 pp.
Publisher Shambhala Publications 2001
Series Corpus Hermeticum (Four Volumes)
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