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Making Sense of the World

Katharina Volk

in Manilius and his Intellectual Background

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199265220
eISBN:
9780191708800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265220.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The chapter examines the Astronomica's world-view and considers possible philosophical influences on Manilius. Manilius believes in the divinity of the universe, maintains that there is universal ... More


Ancient Hellenistic Sources of Western Esotericism

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

in The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195320992
eISBN:
9780199852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320992.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines the ancient Hellenistic origins of Western esotericism. It explains that Western esoteric traditions have their basis in certain distinct patterns of thinking about the divine, ... More


Lorenzo Bonincontri’s reception of Manilius’ chapter on comets (Astr. 1.809–926)

Stephan Heilen

in Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius' Astronomica

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199586462
eISBN:
9780191724961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586462.003.0017
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This comparison of Bonincontri’s De rebus naturalibus et divinis I.1.474-591 with Astr. 1.809-926 includes Bonincontri’s respective commentaries on both poems. While our humanist imitated Manilius at ... More


A Brief Intellectual Biography

Carolina Armenteros

in The French Idea of History: Joseph de Maistre and His Heirs, 1794-1854

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449437
eISBN:
9780801462597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449437.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter provides a brief intellectual biography of Joseph de Maistre. Born in Chambéry in 1753, Maistre was educated like most upper-class, French-speaking Catholic boys of his time—by the ... More


“Esoteric,” Mysteries, and Secrecy

Michael E. Stone

in Secret Groups in Ancient Judaism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190842383
eISBN:
9780190842413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190842383.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter opens with the discussion of the meanings of the terms esoteric, secret, and mystery. First, recent definitions of esotericism by Faivre, von Stuckrad, Tiryakian, and Hanegraaf are ... More


The Greek Magical Hymn to Hermes: Syncretism or Disguise? The Hellenization of Thoth in Graeco-Egyptian Magical Literature

Ljuba Merlina Bortolani

in Tracking Hermes, Pursuing Mercury

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198777342
eISBN:
9780191823060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198777342.003.0018
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Religions

This paper investigates the so-called “magical hymn” to Hermes, a short hexametrical invocation preserved in the corpus of the Greek magical papyri (PGM) in three different papyri of different dates: ... More


Gnostic

Dylan M. Burns

in A Guide to Early Jewish Texts and Traditions in Christian Transmission

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780190863074
eISBN:
9780190863104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190863074.003.0023
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The corpus of extant Gnostic literature, preserved almost exclusively in Coptic codices of the ca. fourth–sixth centuries CE, constitutes an invaluable witness for the transmission of Second Temple ... More


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