By Clement Salaman

"The Asclepius" is considered one of philosophical books ascribed to the mythical sage of historical Egypt, Hermes Trismegistus, who was once believed in classical and renaissance occasions to have lived almost immediately after Moses. The Greek unique, misplaced seeing that classical instances, is believed so far from the second or third century advert. in spite of the fact that, a Latin model survived, of which this quantity is a translation. Like its significant other, the "Corpus Hermeticum" (also released by means of Duckworth as "The means 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 non secular advice, however it is additionally a priceless perception into the minds and feelings of the Egyptians in old and classical occasions. a number of the perspectives expressed additionally replicate Gnostic ideals which handed into early Christianity.

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This signified more than what is generally meant by monotheism in the Judaic or Christian traditions. God in his aspect of Father did not make the cosmos. He is the cosmos and there is nothing else. This statement of absolute unity is made at the opening of the Asclepius and also in Gnostic literature. Jesus says in the Gospel of Thomas (the best known of the Nag Hammadi texts), ‘When you make the two one, and you make the inner as the outer and the outer as the inner, so that you will make the male and the female into a single one }.

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. Gnôsis, Greek for knowledge, wisdom. 31. Nag Hammadi Library, ed. M. Robinson, p. 297. 32. Romans 11:12. 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.

15. Asclepius, 22. 16. , 11. 17. , 16. 18. , 28. 19. Asclepius, 13; cf. Plato, Timaeus, 34-6. The proportions of established musical scales express this reminder of unity. The exemplar of these scales is described by Plato when he discusses the formation of the world soul. The subjects touched upon in this paragraph – geometry, arithmetic, music and astronomy – were central to the curriculum of Plato’s Academy and became known as the Quadrivium in the Middle Ages. 48 Notes to the Introduction Together with the Trivium it formed the basis of Western education in the Middle Ages and beyond.

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