Annotations to MS Reims, Bibliothèque Municipale 877: A Brief Commentary on the Hermetic Asclepius

David Porreca


This paper provides an edition of the marginal notes contained in a manuscript of the Asclepius attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. The majority of the notes are synonyms and alternate readings, but the lengthier ones show that the annotator belongs to a group of scholars interested in Neoplatonic philosophy during the mid-to-late twelfth century. The format and content of the notes demonstrate that they can be considered an integral part of a body of commentaries on the Hermetic Asclepius dating to the second half of the twelfth century, including the Glosae super Trismegistum.


Asclepius; Hermes Triemsgistus; Medieval commentaries; Neoplatonism; glosses; marginal notes

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