Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Unerring, Unaffected, Untouched
"What is the incorporeal, then?"I don't have access to Corpus Hermeticum, Tome I: Poimandrès - Traités II-XII. Texte établi par A.D. Nock, traduit par A.-J. Festugière (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 1946), but here is the Greek as preserved by Stobaeus 1.18.3, in Ioannis Stobaei Anthologii Libri Duo Priores, ed. Curt Wachsmuth (Berlin: Weidmann, 1884), p. 159:
"Mind as a whole wholly enclosing itself, free of all body, unerring, unaffected, untouched, at rest in itself, capable of containing all things and preserving all that exists, and its rays (as it were) are the good, the truth, the archetype of spirit, the archetype of soul."
Note the series of asyndetic, privative adjectives ἀπλανής. ἀπαθής, ἀναφής.
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