The Egyptian Hermes

Project name: “The Egyptian Hermes (1st-5th centuries AD)”.

Scheduled publication: 2009-

Involved researchers: Dr. Francisco García Bazán, Iván Elvira.

Description: Hermetism is an extremely complex matter that has been treated in depth during the last three decades by a few number of researchers, with special reference to those involved in the project Hermes Latinus, which in our opinion has obtained the highest standard in the study of Hermetism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, according to their laudable attempt to edit critically a large amount of hitherto unpublished manuscripts. Aimed by the very same inspiration for highlighting the roots of the Roman-Egyptian Hermetism upon the critical edition, specialists like Jean-Pierre Mahé, Garth Fowden, Samaranch Kirner, Iversen, García Bazán, Alberto Camplani, Ilaria Parri, or more recently, Van Den Kerchove, Gregory Shaw and Iván Elvira, have tried to elucidate some aspects regarding the Trismegistus’ doctrines during the first centuries of our era, and above all, those ones related to the gnostic and ceremonial sides thereof. In our opinion, the question is beyond to be merely a speculation based on the texts themselves, but on the contrary we firmly maintain that we must follow the path opened by Fowden, in the sense of trying to analyze in detail the geographical milieu where the hermetists grew up, in base of the archeological foundations from Roman period that we’re finding out nowadays. Hermetism in Late Antiquity is, perhaps, a “local” unresolved question that requires a more evolved and deepen perspectives.

Objectives: the elaboration of a new critical edition of the Late Antiquity Hermetica in Spanish, a new clarification of the philosophical terms and concepts contained in them, the projection of a way for collaborating with archaeological groups on the ground, the expansion of our current depiction of Hermetism during that period by integrating new perspectives and sources.


-Paper: “Hermetismo, neoplatonismo y teúrgia”, Revista Internacional de Astrología y Magia antiguas, 9 (2009), pp. 5-29, by Iván Elvira.

-Paper: “La Sofía gnóstica y la concepción de la mística entre los neoplatónicos” (Studia Hermetica, 2012), by Francisco García Bazán.

-Dissertation review: “The Hermetic λóγος: Reading the Corpus Hermeticum as a Reflection of Graeco-Egyptian Mentality”, Studia Hermetica Journal, 1, IV, 2014, by Iván Elvira.

-De Umbris Idearum’s entry (02/11/14): “The Egyptian Hermes”, Azogue Journal (URL:, by Iván Elvira.

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