Augustine and Hermes Trismegistus : an inquiry into the spirituality of Augustine’s ‘hidden years’

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dc.contributor.author Van Oort, Johannes (Hans)
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-05T06:50:53Z
dc.date.issued 2016-12 en
dc.description.abstract This paper draws attention to the possible role of Hermetic writings in the spiritual development of Augustine (354–430). It first places his knowledge of Hermetica within the context of both ‘orthodox’ African Christianity (Tertullian, Cyprian, Arnobius, Lactantius) and contemporary Manichaeism. It then focuses on his dealing with Hermetic writings, ideas and expressions in writings such as the Confessions, the (now lost) The Beautiful and the Harmonious, and Against Faustus. In Augustine’s later writing the City of God, one finds a twofold appreciation of Hermes, which had a particular influence in subsequent centuries. en_ZA
dc.description.department Church History and Church Policy en
dc.description.embargo 2017-12-30
dc.description.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rech20 en
dc.identifier.citation Van Oort, J. 2016, 'Augustine and Hermes Trismegistus : an inquiry into the spirituality of Augustine’s ‘hidden years', Journal of Early Christian History, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 55-76. en
dc.identifier.issn 2471-4054 (online) en
dc.identifier.issn 2222-582X (print) en
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/2222582X.2016.1218998 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/60792
dc.language.iso English en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.rights © Taylor and Francis co-published with UNISA Press. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Early Christian History, vol. 6, no. 2, Dec 2016, pp. 55-76 . doi : 10.1080/2222582X.2016.1218998. Journal of Early Christian History is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rech20. en
dc.subject African Christianity (Tertullian en
dc.subject Cyprian en
dc.subject Arnobius en
dc.subject Lactantius) en
dc.subject African Paganism en
dc.subject Against Faustus en
dc.subject Augustine en
dc.subject City of God en
dc.subject Confessions en
dc.subject Hermetica en
dc.subject Manichaeism en
dc.subject Beautiful and the harmonious en
dc.title Augustine and Hermes Trismegistus : an inquiry into the spirituality of Augustine’s ‘hidden years’ en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en


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