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Early Books Lecture Series VIII: Pondering Poetry, Faith, and Games

Hermes Trismegistus
Hermes Trismegistus

Date: February 15, 2011

Times: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: VerĂ³nica Reyes-Escudero

Cost: Free


The University Libraries’ Special Collections is proud to present the Early Books Lecture Series VIII, an annual exploration by University of Arizona (UA) scholars of the treasure trove of medieval texts held by the University Libraries. Throughout the month of February, professors from UA’s German, English and History departments will give their audiences new insights into 13th, 16th and 17th century historic texts.


Today the series’ second lecture, The Thrice Great Hermes: The First English Translation of Writings Attributed to an Egyptian God (1657), will be presented by Thomas Willard, Professor, UA Department of English.

Professor Willard will explore writings attributed to “the Egyptian Hermes” that were brought to Europe during the Italian Renaissance and were gradually translated into all the major languages. The first English translation promoted the already contested view that they were older than the five books of Moses and showed similarities between Christianity and the religion of ancient Egypt.