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The link below is to a pdf version of my now completed translation of and commentary on tractate XI of the Corpus Hermeticum, which tractate is entitled Νοῦς πρὸς Ἑρμῆν: From Perceiverance To Hermes.

 Νοῦς πρὸς Ἑρμῆν: From Perceiverance To Hermes
(pdf)

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The beginning of Tractate XI
from the book Mercvrii Trismegisti Pœmandres, published in Paris in 1554.

Corpus Hermeticum XI

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N.B. The following complete version replaces the extract which was previously on this page. The pages in that extract – in respect of both translation and commentary – have been significantly revised.

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The link below is to a pdf version of my now completed translation of and commentary on tractate XI of the Corpus Hermeticum, which tractate is entitled Νοῦς πρὸς Ἑρμῆν: From Perceiverance To Hermes.

Νοῦς πρὸς Ἑρμῆν: From Perceiverance To Hermes
(pdf)

Image credit:
The beginning of Tractate XI
from the book Mercvrii Trismegisti Pœmandres, published in Paris in 1554.


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On Translating Ancient Greek
(pdf)

An Indebtedness To Ancient Greek Culture

Concerning ἀγαθός and νοῦς in the Corpus Hermeticum
(pdf)

Greek Terms In The Philosophy Of Pathei-Mathos
(pdf)

On Minutiae And The Art Of Revision



Page of the Greek text of κρατῆρ ἡ μονάς, published in 1554

Ἑρμοῦ πρὸς Τάτ ὁ κρατῆρ ἡ μονάς

The link below is to a pdf file of my now completed translation of and commentary on the fourth tractate of the Corpus Hermeticum.

Corpus Hermeticum IV
(pdf)

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Related:

Corpus Hermeticum I: Poemandres
(pdf)

Corpus Hermeticum IΙI: Ιερός Λόγος
(pdf)

Corpus Hermeticum XI: Νοῦς πρὸς Ἑρμῆν
((pdf)

On Translating Ancient Greek
(pdf)


Image credit: First page of the Greek text of κρατῆρ ἡ μονάς from the book Mercvrii Trismegisti Pœmandres, published in Paris in 1554.


Page of the Greek text of κρατῆρ ἡ μονάς, published in 1554

N.B. This has been superseded by the compilation Corpus Hermeticum: Eight Tractates which contains translations of and commentaries on tractates I, III, IV, VI, VIII, XI, XII, XIII.

Gratis Open Access: https://davidmyatt.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/eight-tractates-v2-print.pdf

Printed book: ISBN-13: 978-1976452369. 190 pages. 2017.

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Image credit: First page of the Greek text of κρατῆρ ἡ μονάς from the book Mercvrii Trismegisti Pœmandres, published in Paris in 1554.


Orestes and the Ἐρινύες

A Note On Greek Terms In The Philosophy of Pathei-Mathos
(pdf)
Extract from a letter to a correspondent


Image credit: Orestes and the Ἐρινύες. Red figure vase, c. 380 BCE


Towards Understanding Physis
(pdf)

Since the concept of physis – φύσις – is central to my philosophy of pathei-mathos, it seems apposite to offer a more detailed explanation of the concept, and my usage of it, than I have hitherto given, deriving as the term does from Ancient Greece and used as it is by Heraclitus, Aristotle, and others, and occurring as it does in texts such as the Pœmandres and Ιερός Λόγος tractates of the Corpus Hermeticum.


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Translations from the Ancient Greek

Given below are links to pdf and html files containing copies of some of my Greek translations.

Aeschylus: Agamemnon

Sophocles: Antigone

Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus

Sappho – Poetic Fragments

The Odyssey (Books 1, 2, 3)

Corpus Hermeticum: Eight Tractates
A compilation containing translations of and commentaries on tractates
I, III, IV, VI, VIII, XI, XII, XIII

Notes on Aristotle, Metaphysics, 987b

Notes on Aristotle, Metaphysics, 1015a

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Many of the translations are also available as printed books, in 11 x 8.5 inches format, which is somewhat larger than the conventional ‘trade paperback’.

° The Agamemnon of Aeschylus
ISBN-13: 978-1484128220

° Sophocles – Oedipus Tyrannus
ISBN-13: 978-1484132104

° Sophocles – Antigone
ISBN-13: 978-1484132067

° Homer – The Odyssey: Books 1, 2 & 3
ISBN-13: 978-1495402227

° Corpus Hermeticum: Eight Tractates
ISBN-13: 978-1976452369
A compilation containing translations of and commentaries on tractates I, III, IV, VI, VIII, XI, XII, XIII


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Sarigthersa
(pdf)

Contents


° Preface
° I. Toward Understanding Physis
° II. Some Conjectures Concerning Our Nexible Physis
° III. Just Passing By
° IV. Personal Reflexions On Some Metaphysical Questions
° V. Some Notes on Aristotle, Metaphysics, 1015α
° VI. Some Notes on Aristotle, Metaphysics, 987β
° VII. Concerning Tractate IV, Corpus Hermeticum
° VIII. Extremism, Terrorism, Culture, And Physis: A Question Of Being
° IX. The Manner of My Dying
° X. Memories of Manual Labour
° XI. A Perplexing Failure To Understand
° XII. Finis: In Loving Memory of Susan and Frances

This work consists of some recent (2014-2015) philosophical and – as the title indicates – autobiographical essays and extracts from private letters, some of which have been previously published via the medium of the internet. Musings now compiled together and published in this format since (to paraphrase what I wrote in one essay) I do so still chunter on – partly in hope, partly in expiation – about empathy and various aspects of the culture of pathei-mathos, especially ancient Greece. For such musings are all I now seem to have, as an artist or musician or a poet have their artisements. The essay Towards Understanding Physis, and the two notes on the Metaphysics of Aristotle – 987β and 1015α, and dealing as they do with physis – are intended to compliment not only my essay Personal Reflexions On Some Metaphysical Questions (included here), my translations of the Poemandres and Ιερός Λόγος tractates of the Corpus Hermeticum, but also my philosophy of pathei-mathos in which physis plays a central philosophical role.

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2015


Image credit: NASA. Earth and Moon as seen from the departing Voyager interplanetary spacecraft


gold funerary tablet (c. 200 BCE) found at Eleutherna, Crete
A Translation Of And A Commentary On The Third Tractate
Of The Corpus Hermeticum

Ιερός Λόγος: An Esoteric Mythos
(pdf)


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Gold funerary tablet (c. 200 BCE) found at Eleutherna, Crete,
of the kind presumed to be associated
with an aural ἱερός λόγος (esoteric mythos),
all of which funerary items have inscriptions similar to the following:
Γῆς παῖς εἰμι καὶ Οὐρανοῦ ἀστερόεντος
(I am a child of Gaia and the starry heavens)