The body of secret mystical wisdom that honored Hermes Trismegistus ("Thrice-Greatest Hermes") between the third century B.C.E. and first century C.E. , identifying the Greek god Hermes with the Egyptian god Thoth. This wisdom literature involved two levels of writing: a popular Hermetic teaching of astrology, magic, and alchemy, and a later higher religious philosophy. The Hermes-Thoth literature had a profound effect on the development of Western magic. Hermetic works include Poimandres (Shepherd of Men), Asclepius, and The Secret Discourse on the Mountain.
Hermes Trismegistus. The Divine Pymander. Translated by Dr. Everard. London: Theosophical Publishing Society, 1894.
——. Hermetica. Edited by Brian Copenhaver. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
——. Theological and Philosophical Works. Edited by J. D. Chambers. 2 vols. Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark, 1882.