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The secret lore of Egypt : its impact on the West

Author: Erik Hornung
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The study of Egypt as the fount of all wisdom and stronghold of hermetic lore, already strong in antiquity, Hornung (Egyptology, U. of Basel) calls Egyptosophy. Though it was soundly rebuffed by Egyptology, based on conventional science and history, he thinks its continuing impact on western culture"--Publisher's description.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erik Hornung
ISBN: 0801438470 9780801438479
OCLC Number: 47644262
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: Originally published: Das esoterische Ägypten. München : Beck, ©1999.
Description: viii, 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Ancient Roots of the "Other" Egypt --
Foreign Wonderland on the Nile: The Greek Writers --
Power and Influence of the Stars --
Alchemy: The Art of Transformation --
Gnosis: Creation as Flaw --
Hermetism: Thoth as Hermes Trismegistus --
Egypt of the Magical Arts --
The Spread of Egyptian Cults: Isis and Osiris --
Medieval Traditions --
The Renaissance of Hermetism and Hieroglyphs --
Travels to Egypt: Wonder upon Wonder --
Triumphs of Erudition: Kircher, Spencer, and Cudworth --
"Reformation of the Whole Wide World": The Rosicrucians --
The Ideal of a Fraternity: The Freemasons --
Goethe and Romanticism: "Thinking Hieroglyphically" --
Theosophy and Anthroposophy --
Pyramids, Sphinx, Mummies: A Curse on the Pharaohs --
Egypt a la Mode: Modern Egyptosophy and Afrocentrism --
Outlook: Egypt as Hope and Alternative.
Other Titles: Esoterische Ägypten.
Responsibility: Erik Hornung ; translated from the German by David Lorton.

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"The study of Egypt as the fount of all wisdom and stronghold of hermetic lore, already strong in antiquity, Hornung (Egyptology, U. of Basel) calls Egyptosophy. Though it was soundly rebuffed by Egyptology, based on conventional science and history, he thinks its continuing impact on western culture"--Publisher's description.

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