Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Unerring, Unaffected, Untouched

Corpus Hermeticum 2.12, tr. Brian P. Copenhaver, Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation with Notes and Introduction (1992; rpt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), p. 11:
"What is the incorporeal, then?"

"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."
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:

Note the series of asyndetic, privative adjectives ἀπλανής. ἀπαθής, ἀναφής.


<< Home
Newer›  ‹Older

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?