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Storytime: Reading the Corpus Hermeticum, Part III
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C.H. XI is a mind-blowing cosmology and anthropology which introduces us to the Hermetic Aiôn and changes everything we thought we knew about the Hermetic world. C.H. XVIII is a weird rhetorical piece praising kings that seems to have wandered into the collection by mistake. There’s a whole lot of other Hermetic goodness between these two extremes, if that is what they are.
We finish our read-through of one of the most important antique documents for the western esoteric traditions.
Works Cited in this Episode:
- Festugière on the Aiôn: Révélation IV, pp. 152-99.
- Fowden believes that the Nous who addresses Hermes in CH XI is actually Poimandres: Garth Fowden. The Egyptian Hermes: A Historical Approach to the Late Pagan Mind. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1986, p. 33.
- Dylan Burns. Did God Care?: Providence, Dualism, and Will in Later Greek and Early Christian Philosophy. Brill, Leiden, 2020.
- Richard Sorabji. Time, Creation, and the Continuum: Theories in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Duckworth, London, 1983.
On the Aiôn:
- Wilhelm Bousset. ‘Der Gott Aion’, pp. 192–230 in Religionsgeschichtliche Studien: Aufsätze zur Religionsgeschichte des hellenistischen Zeitalters. Supplements to Novum Testamentum 50. Leiden, Brill, 1979.
- Christian H. Bull. The Tradition of Hermes Trismegistus: the Egyptian Priestly Figure as a Teacher of Hellenized Wisdom. Brill, Leiden, 2018 [On becoming Aiôn see 5.4, pp. 282-284 and n. 270 on p. 283 for further references].
- Festugière (cited above).
- C. Lackeit. Aion: Zeit und Ewigkeit in Sprache und Religion der Griechen, I Teil: Sprache. PhD thesis, Königsberg, 1916.
- Martin West. The Orphic Poems. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1983 [pp. 219-20, 230-1 for Aiôn in the Orphic literature].
November 9, 2020
Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your reading of the Corpus, your enthusiasm about these powerful texts, the insights and information you share and your beautiful voice. Can’t wait to listen to part III!
November 13, 2020
Quite explicit techniques for ASC‘s here and the last episode. This kind of low hanging fruit makes me somewhat discontented with the turnips that I try to bleed out. On the other hand it makes me want to double down on my inquisition of these stinkin’ turnips.
November 19, 2020
Can’t wait for the obscure audiobook podcast Earl starts with all his free time! Loving the show, keep up the great work.