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The Egyptian Hermes:
A Historical Approach to the Late Pagan Mind
Garth Fowden
With a new preface by the author

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Abbreviations
Preface to the 1993 edition
Preface (1986)
Introduction: The texts1
Pt. IModes of Cultural Interaction
1The durability of Egypt13
The gods of Egypt14
Hermes Trismegistus22
The Hermetica31
2Translation and interpretation45
Aretalogies of Isis and Asclepius45
Manetho and Chaeremon52
Books of Thoth and technical Hermetica57
Instructions and philosophical Hermetica68
Pt. IIThe Way of Hermes
3Magister omnium physicorum75
Sympatheia75
Magic79
Occult properties and alchemy87
Astrology91
4Religio mentis95
The philosophical paideia97
Gnosis104
5Towards a via universalis116
Technique and philosophy: interactions116
Zosimus of Panopolis120
Pre-Iamblichan theurgy126
Iamblichus of Apamea131
6Hermetism and theurgy142
The role and understanding of ritual142
Bitys150
Pt. IIIThe Milieu of Hermetism
7Hermetism in Egypt155
The evidence of the Hermetica156
First-century Alexandria - and beyond161
Temples and priests166
Upper Egypt168
Late antique Alexandria177
The milieu of Hermetism: a socio-intellectual description186
8Aegypti sacra deportata196
Conclusion213
Appendix: Earliest testimonies to the name 'Hermes Trismegistus'216
Bibliography218
Index237

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