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Clement Salaman is a lecturer and retired teacher, and editor of a 7-volume translation of the letters of Marsilio Ficino.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press (March 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715635646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715635643
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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This translation of the Asclepius is based upon a manuscript found in the works of the N. African Platonist, Apuleius of Madaura (ca.125-180 AD), who is best known for his epic novel, the Metamorphosis. Modern scholarship has followed the judgment of St Augustine who does not mention Apuleius as the author or translator in City of God (8.23). Due to the Platonist's intimate involvement in Augustine's discussion on the Asclepius in the City of God, it is assumed that Augustine definitely would have named the author if he knew who it was for certain. Thus Augustine's silence--paired with modern philological comparitive analysis of the text affirming it not to be the work of Apuleius--seems to have closed the case for Apuleius' hand in the direct transmission or authorship of the great Hermetic work: it is dated between 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. Interestingly, though, is the amendment the scribe made to the corpus of Apuleius; he grafted the Asclepius to the body of Apuleius' works for a specific reason; and this points to the continuity of ideas and the stylistic affinities which link the two currents together--the Hermetic and Apuleiuan. Now of the discourse itself--it is a sublime one, containing as it does such a loftiness and elegance of speech while being rigidly philosophical throughout the treatise's duration. Such a fusion of eloquence and philosophical grandeur, not doubt, befits a literary work attributed to Hermes. The setting for the Asclepius is based inside an Egyptian sanctuary; the dialogue is set between Hermes and Asclepius, with Tat and Hammon as hearers. Yet what they hear is not to be divulged due to the sacredness of Hermes' doctrines.Read more ›
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Clement Salaman's translation of this masterpiece combines intelligence, heart, and a depth of understanding of the message of Hermes Trismegistus. This is one of the great works of Western Civilization and continues the great work Mr. Salaman and his colleagues have done in translating the Letters of Marsilio Ficino (seven volumes and counting...we await more!), and the Poimandres dialogues of Hermes in "The Way of Hermes"....making these available to new readers. It is so full of love as well as reason and stands with the works of Plato and Ficino as a most important foundation of our philosophical tradition. It helps shine light on the works of Plato and the New Testament whose authors were clearly influenced by this language and school of thought. Just wonderful!
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Clement Salaman has managed to translate The Perfect Discourse of Hermes Trismegistus into an accessible philosophical book. It is intelligently presented with a language full of love, reason and beauty. So much knowledge in one little book! It is one that I will keep close at hand to sit with again and again. Bravo!
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Love this book! Well written! Ordered 2 more for my friends. One of them is on his way to the Netherlands as a Christmas present. Wish they made a CD! Would be nice to listen to it in my car! Asclepius finally shows up in a modern version instead of the "golden old ones" For a deeper understanding of Acsclepius read THE HERMETICA by Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy or punch in Hermes Trismegistus! Good luck and enjoy! Don't get discouraged by some of the "Philosophers" who try to score points! Most of them use the left side of the brain only and forgot to combine knowledge with intuition!
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