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G.R.S. Mead: Thrice Greatest Hermes Volume1

G.R.S. Mead: Thrice Greatest Hermes Volume1

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Famous book (vol. 1 of total three) on the Trismegistic literature. G.R.S. Mead deals a.o. with Egyptian, Hellenistic and Jewish sacred literature. His aim is to show the common themes running through mystic literature from East and West. His influence on Carl Gustav Jung, Stephan Hoeller, and many others is well-known. He is a greatly respected scholar and writer.
Famous book (vol. 1 of total three) on the Trismegistic literature. G.R.S. Mead deals a.o. with Egyptian, Hellenistic and Jewish sacred literature. His aim is to show the common themes running through mystic literature from East and West. His influence on Carl Gustav Jung, Stephan Hoeller, and many others is well-known. He is a greatly respected scholar and writer.

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Thrice-Greatest Hermes
Thrice-Greatest HermesStudies in Hellenistic Theosophyand Gnosis
Being a Translation of the Extant Sermons andFragments of the Trismegistic Literature, withProlegomena, Commentaries, and Notes
ByG. R. S. MeadFurther info on G.R.S. Mead and links to his writingsVolume I.—ProlegomenaLondon and BenaresThe Theosophical Publishing Society1906
ntroduction to the electronic edition of Thrice Greatest Hermes 
G.R.S. Mead hardly needs any introduction. As an eminent scholar of Gnostic, Hermetic andNeo-Platonic writings he had a profound influence on Carl Gustav Jung and StephanHoeller, bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostica in Los Angeles. His translation of the Pistis Sophiais well-known. His main thrust was to connect Eastern and Western mysticism and show thecommon themes running through these.
 
The present edition has been proofread and corrected as far as the main text goes.The copious footnotes have been retained, and occasionally Greek words have beentransliterated. Not all Greek terms and phrases in the footnotes will be correctly displayed -this being too much work at the present time. Atsacred-texts.com(Bruno Hare) you can findsuch details in the separate html-files for the book.Martin Eusermeuser.awardspace.comMy free ebookon integrative spirituality may also be helpful in understanding the essential unity behind mystic literature of diverse continents.
Preface
THESE
volumes, complete in themselves as a series of studies in a definite body of tradition, are intended toserve ultimately as a small contribution to the preparationof the way leading towards a solution of the vastproblems involved in the scientific study of the Originsof the Christian Faith. They might thus perhaps bedescribed as the preparation of materials to serve forthe historic, mythic, and mystic consideration of theOrigins of Christianity,—where the term " mythic " isused in its true sense of inner, typical, sacred and"logic," as opposed to the external processioning of physical events known as " historic," and where theterm "mystic" is used as that which pertains toinitiation and the mysteries.The serious consideration of the matter contained inthese pages will, I hope, enable the attentive reader tooutline in his mind, however vaguely, some smallportion of the environment of infant Christianity, andallow him to move a few steps round the cradle of Christendom.Though the material that we have collected, has, asto its externals, been tested, as far as our hands arecapable of the work, by the methods of scholarship andcriticism, it has nevertheless at the same time beenallowed ungrudgingly to show itself the outwardvi
PREFACE
expression of a truly vital endeavour of immenseinterest and value to all who are disposed to makefriends with it. For along this ray of the Trismegistictradition we may allow ourselves to be drawn backwardsin time towards the holy of holies of' the
 
Wisdom of Ancient Egypt. The sympathetic studyof this material may well prove an initiatory processtowards an understanding of that Archaic Gnosis.And, therefore, though these volumes are intended toshow those competent to judge that all has been setforth in decency according to approved methods of modern research, they are also designed for those whoare not qualified to give an opinion on such matters,but who are able to feel and think with the writers of these beautiful tractates.The following abbreviations have been used foreconomy of space:
G. H.
= Corpus Hermeticum.
 D. J.
L. = Mead (G. R. S.),
 Did Jesus Live 10O B.C. ?
An Enquiryinto the Talmud Jesus Stories, the Toldoth Jeschu, andSome Curious Statements of Epiphanius : being a Contributionto the Study of Christian Origins (London, 1903).
 F. F. F.
= Mead (G. R. S.),
 Fragments of a Faith Forgotten.
SomeShort Sketches among the Gnostics, mainly of the FirstTwo Centuries : a Contribution to the Study of ChristianOrigins based on the most recently recovered Materials(London, 190O ; 2nd ed. 1906).G. = Gaisford (T.),
 Joannis Stobcei Florilegium
(Oxford, 1822), 4vols.;
 Io. Stob. Ec. Phys. et Ethic. Libri Duo
(Oxford,1850), 2 vols.#. = Hense (0.), I.
Stob. Anth. Lib. Tert.
(Berlin, 1894), 1 vol.,incomplete.
 K. K. = "
The Virgin of the World "
(K6pv
KoV/xow).
Af. = Meineke (A.),
 Joh. Stob. Flor.
(Leipzig, 1855, 1856), 3 vols. ;
 Joh. Stob. Ec. Phys. et Ethic. Lib. Duo
(Leipzig, 1860), 2 vols.P.=Parthey (G.),
 Hermetis Trismegisti Pcemander ad Fidem Godicum Manu Scriptorum recognovit
(Berlin, 1854).Pof. = Patrizzi (F.),
 Nova de Universis Philosophia
(Venice, 1593).
 P. S.
A.="The Perfect Sermon, or Asclepius."PREFACE VllI?. = Reitzenstein (R.), P
 oimandres: Studien zur griechisch-agyptischenund frikhristlichen Literatur
(Leipzig, 1904).
 Ri.
= Richter (M. C. E.),
 Philonis Judaei Opera Omnia,
in
 BibliothecaSacra Patrum Ecclesia Gracorum
(Leipzig, 1 8 2 8 - 1 8 3 O ) ,8 vols.
S. I. H. = "
The Sermon of Isis to Horus."JF. = Wachsmuth ( C ) ,
 Io. Stob. Anihologii Lib. Duo Priores . . . Ec. Phys. et Ethic.
(Berlin, 1884), 2 vols.

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