The body of secret mystical wisdom that honored Hermes
Trismegistus (‘‘Thrice-Greatest Hermes’’) between the third
century B.C.E. and first century C.E., identifying the Greek god
Hermes with the Egyptian god Thoth. This wisdom literature
involved two levels of writing a popular Hermetic teaching of
astrology, magic, and alchemy, and a later higher religious
philosophy. The Hermes-Thoth literature had a profound effect
on the development of Western magic. Hermetic works include
Poimandres (Shepherd of Men), Asclepius, and The Secret
Discourse on the Mountain.
Atwood, M. A. A Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery.
Belfast, Ireland, 1918. Reprint, New York Arno Press, 1976.
Hermes Trismegistus. The Divine Pymander. Translated by
Dr. Everard. London Theosophical Publishing Society, 1894.
———. Hermetica. Edited by Brian Copenhaver. Cambridge
Cambridge University Press, 1992.
———. Hermetica. Edited by Walter Scott. Vol. 1. Oxford
Oxford University Press, 1924. Reprint, Boston Shambhala,
———. Theological and Philosophical Works. Edited by J. D.
Chambers. 2 vols. Edinburgh T. and T. Clark, 1882.

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