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“Certain confusing cross currents may be explained by noting that new links between disciplines were being forged before old ones had been severed. In the age of scribes, for instance, magical arts were closely associated with mechanical crafts and mathematical wizardry. When “technology went to press,” so too did a vast backlog of occult lore, and few readers could discriminate between the two. Historians who are still puzzled by the high prestige enjoyed by alchemy, astrology, “magia and cabala,” and other occult arts within the Commonwealth of Learning during early modern times might find it helpful to consider how records derived from ancient Near Eastern cultures had been transmitted in the age of scribes. Some of these records had dwindled into tantalizing fragments pertaining to systems of reckoning, medicine, agriculture, mythic cults, and so forth. Others had evaporated into unfathomable glyphs. Certain cosmic cycles and life cycles are experienced by all men, and so common elements could be detected in the fragments and glyphs. It seemed plausible to assume that all came from one source and to take seriously hints in some patristic works about an Ur text set down by the inventor of writing, which contained all the secrets of Creation as told to Adam before the Fall. It also seemed plausible that the teachings contained in this Ur text, after being carefully preserved by ancient sages and seers, had become corrupted and confused in the course of barbarian invasions. A large collection of writings containing ancient lore was received from Macedonia by Cosimo de Medici, translated from Greek by Ficino in 1463, and printed in fifteen editions before 1500. It took the form of dialogues with the Egyptian god Thoth, whose Greek name was Hermes Trismegistus. The writings retrieved in the fifteenth century seemed to come from the same corpus of texts as other fragmentary dialogues known to earlier scholars and also attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. The hermetic corpus ran through many editions until 1614, when a treatise by Isaac Casaubon showed it had been compiled in the post-Christian era. On this basis we are told that Renaissance scholars made a “radical error in dating.” No doubt they had. A neo-Platonic, post-Christian compilation had been mistaken for a work which preceded and influenced Plato. Yet to assign definite dates to scribal compilations, which were probably derived from earlier sources, may be an error as well.”
Eisenstein, The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe
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