By Clement Salaman
"The Asclepius" is one in all philosophical books ascribed to the mythical sage of historic Egypt, Hermes Trismegistus, who used to be believed in classical and renaissance instances to have lived almost immediately after Moses. The Greek unique, misplaced for the reason that classical instances, is believed so far from the second or third century advert. besides 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 only, the function of the gods, and the stature of the individual. not just does this paintings supply non secular information, however it can be a important perception into the minds and feelings of the Egyptians in historic and classical occasions. a number of the perspectives expressed additionally replicate Gnostic ideals which handed into early Christianity.
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Although there is death for individual forms, life is preserved through the fecundity of reproduction. Thus the individual forms are mortal, the archetypes are not: man is mortal, humankind, immortal. * See Translator’s Note on pp. 51-2. 56 Translation Associations  ‘However, the individual forms of all classes are mixed with all other classes; some of these were created early on; others were created from those which were made previously. Those which are created by gods, by daemons or by humans are the forms which bear the greatest similarity to their archetypes.
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.
3. Asclepius, 1. 4. , 3. 5. Ibid. 6. Ibid. 7. , 32. 8. , 31. 9. ; cf. Corpus Hermeticum, 13,6, and Plato, Parmenides, 137-42. 10. Asclepius, 10. 11. Asclepius, 19. 12. , 6; cf. Corpus Hermeticum, 5,11; 11,20. 13. Ibid. 14. , 11; cf. Plato, Republic, X, 614-21. 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.