The Poimandres Group in Corpus Hermeticum: Myth, Mysticism and Gnosis in Late Antiquity

The Poimandres Group in Corpus Hermeticum: Myth, Mysticism and Gnosis in Late Antiquity 114 Book Reviews / ARIES 9 . 1 ( 2009 ) 101 – 130 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156798908X379710 Jonathan Peste, The Poimandres Group in Corpus Hermeticum: Myth, Mys- ticism and Gnosis in Late Antiquity (Skrifter utgivna vid Institutionen för Religionsvetenskap, n. 26 ), Göteborg: Göteborgs Universitet, 2002 . 234 p. ISBN 91 - 88348 - 26 - 1 . If, according to the greatest Roman historian, Tacitus, facts should be narrated sine ira et studio , that is, without bias or praise, a quite puzzling task confronts any reader setting out to review this book. On the positive side, Peste’s inquiry can be applauded for its clear exposition, precise information, and convincing conclusions. Nonetheless, the present reviewer cannot help expressing some serious reservations regarding the question of what it contributes to current research. The book has its origins in a doctoral thesis defended at Göteborg University, and still maintains the broad outline of a dissertation, especially in the introductory section (chapters one and two). Here the author deals with the old question of the controversial relationship between Hermetism and Gnosticism, outlining the common features of these two theosophical-spiritual streams of late Hellenism and the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aries Brill

The Poimandres Group in Corpus Hermeticum: Myth, Mysticism and Gnosis in Late Antiquity

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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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114 Book Reviews / ARIES 9 . 1 ( 2009 ) 101 – 130 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156798908X379710 Jonathan Peste, The Poimandres Group in Corpus Hermeticum: Myth, Mys- ticism and Gnosis in Late Antiquity (Skrifter utgivna vid Institutionen för Religionsvetenskap, n. 26 ), Göteborg: Göteborgs Universitet, 2002 . 234 p. ISBN 91 - 88348 - 26 - 1 . If, according to the greatest Roman historian, Tacitus, facts should be narrated sine ira et studio , that is, without bias or praise, a quite puzzling task confronts any reader setting out to review this book. On the positive side, Peste’s inquiry can be applauded for its clear exposition, precise information, and convincing conclusions. Nonetheless, the present reviewer cannot help expressing some serious reservations regarding the question of what it contributes to current research. The book has its origins in a doctoral thesis defended at Göteborg University, and still maintains the broad outline of a dissertation, especially in the introductory section (chapters one and two). Here the author deals with the old question of the controversial relationship between Hermetism and Gnosticism, outlining the common features of these two theosophical-spiritual streams of late Hellenism and the

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