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"The Asclepius" is one among philosophical books ascribed to the mythical sage of old Egypt, Hermes Trismegistus, who used to be believed in classical and renaissance instances to have lived presently after Moses. The Greek unique, misplaced seeing that classical occasions, is believed thus far from the 2d or third century advert. in spite of the fact that, a Latin model survived, of which this quantity is a translation. Like its better half, the "Corpus Hermeticum" (also released by means of Duckworth as "The manner of Hermes"), the "Asclepius" describes the main profound philosophical questions within the type of a talk approximately secrets and techniques: the character of the only, the position of the gods, and the stature of the man or woman. not just does this paintings provide religious suggestions, however it is additionally a priceless perception into the minds and feelings of the Egyptians in historical and classical occasions. the various perspectives expressed additionally replicate Gnostic ideals which handed into early Christianity.

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If Egypt had had such a reputation it would only make it the more likely that aspiring philosophers or theologians would in fact have made this comparatively easy journey. As Jeremy Naydler remarks, if Plato had visited Egypt he would have heard a similar teaching to that which he sets forth in his dialogues. He would have discovered the prototype of the Good, the Fair, the One, in Ra, the all-pervading and transcendent God. He would have discovered his psuchê in the Egyptian Ba, for it too had wings to fly to the Eternal; and the divine and immortal part of the soul he would have seen in the Egyptian akh.

I am Ra who is with the gods and I will not perish’ (Spell 8). ’ The mystery of transformation into the divine after purificatory rites and ceremonies was inherited by the mystery cults of Greece, with which Plato was familiar (Phaedrus 250). The concept of transformation in the ‘mysteries’ was later adapted to the Eucharist of the Christian Church. That tradition is therefore still alive. The essential ideas in Plato that have already been mentioned, as well as others, were reflected in the symbolism of Ancient Egypt.

The essential gnosis was the oneness of the Supreme. This signified more than what is generally meant by monotheism in the Judaic or Christian traditions. God in his aspect of Father did not make the cosmos. He is the cosmos and there is nothing else. This statement of absolute unity is made at the opening of the Asclepius and also in Gnostic literature. Jesus says in the Gospel of Thomas (the best known of the Nag Hammadi texts), ‘When you make the two one, and you make the inner as the outer and the outer as the inner, so that you will make the male and the female into a single one }.

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