Book Search:  

 

 
Google full text of our books:

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

Paperback | 1993 | $37.50 / £26.95 | ISBN: 9780691024981
272 pp. | 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 | 1 map
| SHOPPING CART

Reviews | Table of Contents

Sage, scientist, and sorcerer, Hermes Trismegistus was the culture-hero of Hellenistic and Roman Egypt. A human (according to some) who had lived about the time of Moses, but now indisputably a god, he was credited with the authorship of numerous books on magic and the supernatural, alchemy, astrology, theology, and philosophy. Until the early seventeenth century, few doubted the attribution. Even when unmasked, Hermes remained a byword for the arcane. Historians of ancient philosophy have puzzled much over the origins of his mystical teachings; but this is the first investigation of the Hermetic milieu by a social historian.

Starting from the complex fusions and tensions that molded Graeco-Egyptian culture, and in particular Hermetism, during the centuries after Alexander, Garth Fowden goes on to argue that the technical and philosophical Hermetica, apparently so different, might be seen as aspects of a single "way of Hermes." This assumption that philosophy and religion, even cult, bring one eventually to the same goal was typically late antique, and guaranteed the Hermetica a far-flung readership, even among Christians. The focus and conclusion of this study is an assault on the problem of the social milieu of Hermetism.

Review:

"[T]he books ascribed to Hermes . . . fall into two divisions, the technical and the philosophical, which Fowden treats separately. . . . [His] scholarly survery makes an excellent foundation for further study of points of detail and of paganism in general."--Shadow

Table of Contents

Other Princeton books authored or coauthored by Garth Fowden:

Series:

Subject Areas:

Shopping Cart:

  • For hardcover/paperback orders:

    For hardcover/paperback orders in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

    Paperback: $37.50 ISBN: 9780691024981

    For hardcover/paperback orders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India

    Paperback: £26.95 ISBN: 9780691024981

    Prices subject to change without notice

    File created: 7/11/2014

Questions and comments to: webmaster@press.princeton.edu
Princeton University Press

New Book E-mails
New In Print
PUP Blog
Videos/Audios
Princeton APPS
Sample Chapters
Subjects
Series
Catalogs
Princeton Legacy Library
Textbooks
Media/Reviewers
Class Use
Rights/Permissions
Ordering
Recent Awards
Princeton Shorts
Freshman Reading
PUP Europe
About Us
Contact Us
Links
F.A.Q.
PUP Home


Bookmark and Share
Send me emails
about new books in:
Mind, Body, Spirit
Archaeology and Ancient History
Classics
Religion
More Choices
Email:
Country:
Name: