Thursday, January 04, 2018


The Body

Corpus Hermeticum 7.2 (tr. Brian P. Copenhaver):
But first you must rip off the tunic that you wear, the garment of ignorance, the foundation of vice, the bonds of corruption, the dark cage, the living death, the sentient corpse, the portable tomb, the resident thief, the one who hates through what he loves and envies through what he hates.

πρῶτον δὲ δεῖ σε περιρρήξασθαι ὃν φορεῖς χιτῶνα, τὸ τῆς ἀγνωσίας ὕφασμα, τὸ τῆς κακίας στήριγμα, τὸν τῆς φθορᾶς δεσμόν, τὸν σκοτεινὸν περίβολον, τὸν ζῶντα θάνατον, τὸν αἰσθητὸν νεκρόν, τὸν περιφόρητον τάφον, τὸν ἔνοικον λῃστήν, τὸν δι' ὧν φιλεῖ μισοῦντα καὶ δι' ὧν μισεῖ φθονοῦντα.
See Corpus Hermeticum, Tome I: Traités I-XII, edd. A.D. Nock and A.-J. Festugière, 3rd ed. (Paris: Société d'Édition «Les Belles Lettres», 1972), pp. 82-84, nn. 9-12.

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