By Clement Salaman
"The Asclepius" is one among philosophical books ascribed to the mythical sage of historical Egypt, Hermes Trismegistus, who used to be believed in classical and renaissance occasions to have lived almost immediately after Moses. The Greek unique, misplaced when you consider that classical occasions, is assumed 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 way of Duckworth as "The manner of Hermes"), the "Asclepius" describes the main profound philosophical questions within the kind of a talk approximately secrets and techniques: the character of the single, the function of the gods, and the stature of the man or woman. not just does this paintings provide non secular assistance, however it is usually a necessary perception into the minds and feelings of the Egyptians in historic and classical occasions. the various perspectives expressed additionally replicate Gnostic ideals which handed into early Christianity.
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It is noble and most holy; no less than that of God Himself. But now I shall bring to a conclusion what I began. ’ ‘Not all men, O Asclepius, have attained true understanding, but through a rash impulse and without the true insight of reason most, pursuing an illusion, are deceived. This begets evil in minds and transforms the nature of the best living creature into that of a wild beast and makes it behave like a savage monster. But I shall give you a full account of consciousness and * See Translator’s Note on pp.
64. See Yates, op. , 2, p. 26. 65. Aesclepius, 32. 66. Jeremy Naydler, Plato, Shamanism and Ancient Egypt, pp. 22-5 67. Clement of Alexandria, Stromata, 1,15. Clement says that Pythagoras was a disciple of Sonches the Egyptian archprophet and Plato of Sechnuphis of Heliopolis. Iamblichus and Porphyry also vouch for Pythagoras’ visit to Egypt and Diogenes Laertius for that of Plato. Herodotus (book 2) writes that ‘the names of nearly all the gods came to Greece from Egypt’. ’ (Timaeus 22). Egypt was the repository of ancient knowledge.
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. St Augustine, Confessions, 6,4. 47. St Augustine, On Christian Doctrine, II, 6,7-8. 48. St Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologia, 1,9-10. html. 49. Asclepius, 32 50. For this information I am indebted to Dr Joseph Milne. 51. St Augustine, City of God, 8,23 and 18, 8. 52. Evelyn Procter, Alfonso X of Castile, 2, p.