Thus, it would be fair to assess the Corpus Hermeticum as intellectually eclectic. More recent research, while affirming the late dating in a period of syncretic cultural ferment in Roman Egypt, suggests more continuity with the culture of Pharaonic Egypt than had previously been believed. Many hermetic texts were lost to Western culture during the Middle Ages but rediscovered in Byzantine copies and popularized in Italy during the Renaissance.
The impetus for this revival came from the Latin translation by Marsilio Ficino , a member of the de' Medici court , who published a collection of thirteen tractates in , as De potestate et sapientia Dei. This influence continued as late as the 17th century with authors such as Sir Thomas Browne. Although the most famous examples of Hermetic literature were products of Greek -speakers under Roman rule, the genre did not suddenly stop with the fall of the Empire but continued to be produced in Coptic , Syriac , Arabic , Armenian and Byzantine Greek.
The most famous example of this later Hermetica is the Emerald Tablet , known from medieval Latin and Arabic manuscripts with a possible Syriac source. Little else of this rich literature is easily accessible to non-specialists. Nock and A.
Copenhaver English, The following are the titles given to the eighteen tracts, as translated by G. Mead :.
The following are the titles given by John Everard :. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about Hermeticism.
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