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Hermes Trismegistus
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Hermes Trismegistus (Gk τρισμέγιστος, “Thrice-Greatest”) is a legendary figure whose name is synonymous with archaic knowledge about the mysteries of the universe, particularly the “occult sciences” of magic, astrology, and alchemy. An amalgam of Thoth – the ancient, native Egyptian god of magic and learning – and Greek Hermes, he is a “culture-hero” of Hellenistic Egypt w…

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Burns, Dylan M., “Hermes Trismegistus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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