All Roads Lead to Alexandria, Greco-Egyptian Birthplace of the Western Mind
Leonard George, PhD
11.19.11 (Webinar Recording: 2 hr 22 min, 167 Mb)
For 700 years the city of Alexandria, Egypt, was the greatest center of culture and learning in antiquity -- a brilliant crucible where the wisdom of ancient Greece and Egypt intermingled to create the legendary Library and Museum. Join scholar Leonard George as he explores the spiritual heart of this seminal and fascinating world, birthplace of Gnosticism, Hermeticism and Neoplatonism, as well as the earliest known image of the ouroboros -- the serpent that swallows its tail -- the quintessentially Egyptian symbol that is also an apt emblem for the current of Western esotericism through the ages, whose source was largely Egypt, especially Alexandria, in the centuries around the birth of Christ. This webinar reflects on answers to the question “What is esotericism, anyway?” and ponder some of the paths that spread forth from Egypt, such as Hermetism, Gnosticism, Alchemy, and Spiritual Magic.
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