This book is a collection of texts from various ancient Egyptian religion readings, however not the entire collection of Hermetic readings. We must remember that Hermes was the Greek name for the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses, Thoth.

The authors admit that a collection of all of the readings would be too dense for your 650420average reader. They give a decent, although superficial in some places, introduction on the background of these readings and how they fit into ancient Egyptian religion, as well as the impact they have had on other religions, science, philosophy, etc.

The bulk of the book consists of 20 chapters on the Hermetic texts. Each chapter contains a 2 page summary written by the authors in more modern language and then the reading itself, written in a more poetic style. This style gets a bit old, because you end up reading the same thing 2 times for each reading.

Sometimes, however, I like the more dense reads just because there’s less of the author’s interpretation of the text. The “modern” renditions of ancient works can sometimes leave me wondering how much of what I’m reading is the original source and how much of what I’m reading is the author’s fluff and interpretation of the original source.

But, overall, not a bad book. I give it 3/5 stars.

About Joshua G. Silverman

As a child, Joshua has always been an amateur historian, focusing on ancient Egypt, Greece, and Roman civilizations.

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