By Clement Salaman
"The Asclepius" is one among philosophical books ascribed to the mythical sage of historic Egypt, Hermes Trismegistus, who was once believed in classical and renaissance occasions to have lived presently after Moses. The Greek unique, misplaced in view that classical occasions, is believed up to now from the 2d or third century advert. in spite of the fact that, a Latin model survived, of which this quantity is a translation. Like its spouse, the "Corpus Hermeticum" (also released through Duckworth as "The method of Hermes"), the "Asclepius" describes the main profound philosophical questions within the kind of a talk approximately secrets and techniques: the character of the only, the function of the gods, and the stature of the man or woman. not just does this paintings supply religious tips, however it can be a necessary perception into the minds and feelings of the Egyptians in historic and classical instances. a number of the perspectives expressed additionally mirror Gnostic ideals which handed into early Christianity.
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33. Hugh McGregor Ross, Gospel of Thomas, 28. 34. Corpus Hermeticum, 7,1. 35. Nag Hammadi Library, pp. 321-8. 36. P. Mahé, quoted by Copenhaver, xliv. 37. 329. 38. Ross, Gospel of Thomas, 22. 39. Asclepius, 32. 40. Corpus Hermeticum, 1,15. 41. Nag Hammadi Library, p. 105. 42. Ross, Gospel of Thomas, 3. 43. Corpus Hermeticum, 5, 11. 44. Asclepius, 16. 45. Valentinus, Letter quoted in Joseph P. Macchio, Orthodox Suppression of Original Christianity, p. 164. com/Church/ Conspiracy/ 49 Asclepius 46.
He is the governor of all things, together with Man, who is the governor of what has been compounded. Because Man looks to the whole, which is the proper object of his love and care, it follows that he is a jewel to the cosmos, as is the cosmos to him. Because of his divine composition, it seems Man has been called a world [mundus], but the Greek “cosmos” is more accurate. Man knows himself and he knows the cosmos, so that he remembers what is fitting for his role and recognises what is useful for him and what he should serve.
Asclepius, 24-6. 22. , 37-8. 23. The Rosetta stone commemorates the benefactions conferred by Ptolemy V (205-180 BC) in three writing systems: hieroglyphics, demotic and Greek. The inscription is in two languages: Egyptian and Greek. 24. Jeremy Naydler, Shamanic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts, passim. 25. Asclepius, 26. 26. Manetho, History of Egypt, 1,1. 27. Plato, Phaedrus, 274. 28. Brian P. Copenhaver, Hermetica, pp. xiv-xv. 29. Iamblichus, De mysteriis, 1,1, tr. Clarke, Dillon and Hershbelt. 30.