Trismegistus


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Trismegistus

(ˌtrɪsmɪˈdʒɪstəs)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) See Hermes Trismegistus
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The principle dating back to antiquity, first laid out in the tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, seems quite apt in our current circumstances.
The hero of the novel can be readily regarded as a modern descendant of a long line of fictional and mythological or real characters like Frankenstein, Faust, Prospero, Konrad Dippel, Paracelsus, Hermes Trismegistus / Mercurius Termaximus / Thoth / Ningishzida, etc.
Hermetic entered English in the early 17th century in reference to Hermes Trismegistus, as his name was Latinized, and it was soon used to describe things that were beyond ordinary comprehension.
In Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay (one of several magus plays in the Admiral's repertoire), the sorcerer Vandermast invokes Pythagoras alongside Hermes Trismegistus and Melchie, as "cabalists that write of magic spells.
As Byrne concludes, "Ficino's intellectual, philosophical, and literary impact on Spanish authors was immediate, deep, and long-lasting" (218), an argument that she supports by reference to Ficino's place in Spanish libraries, his appearance as an authority in sixteenth-century Spanish letters, his role as a filter for the study of Hermes Trismegistus and of Plato, and the persistence both of Hermetic-Neoplatonic imagery and of political-economic Platonism.
Another approach to the Demiurge is found in Poimandres, the Shepherd of Men, the opening book of the Corpus Hermeticum, the most prominent of several collections of ancient mystical dialogues in which Hermes Trismegistus (the Egyptian Thoth) is the principal speaker.
His equivalent Ancient Egyptian God Thoth, the god of writing, the scribe; Hermes Trismegistus and his lore the corpus hermeticum, Hermes the guide of souls to the netherworld psychopompos and the conductor of dreams.
Hughes tells us the nave was dedicated to Hermes Trismegistus (selfevident nonsense) and that the central figure is Moses placed above an inscription saying, "Take up the laws of Egypt" (21).
The Alchemy Reader: From Hermes Trismegistus to Isaac Newton.
I see this as a continuation of the magical poetics most potently expressed by Via Negativa, but extending from Hermes Trismegistus to Proclus to Saint Dionysius to Bruno to Saint John of the Cross to Blake to the modernist avant-garde.
For Lactantius, the teachings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus represented a prefiguring of many aspects of Christianity, and as such they could be used in the effort to convert educated pagans.
The hermetic lineage Ramey traces to Deleuze runs from Hermes Trismegistus through Plotinus, John Scotus Eriugena, and Nicholas of Cusa, to Ficino, Pico della Mirandola and Giordano Bruno.