Extensive quotes of similar material are found in classical authors such as Joannes Stobaeus. Parts of the Hermetica appeared in the 2nd-century Gnostic library found in Nag Hammadi. Other works in Syriac , Arabic , Coptic and other languages may also be termed Hermetica — another famous tract is the Emerald Tablet , which teaches the doctrine "as above, so below". For a long time, it was thought that these are themselves remnants of a more extensive literature, part of the syncretic cultural movement that also included the Neoplatonic philosophy of the Greco-Roman mysteries and late Orphic and Pythagorean literature and influenced Gnostic forms of the Abrahamic religions. However, there are significant differences:  the Hermetica are little concerned with Greek mythology or the technical minutiae of metaphysical Neoplatonism. In addition, Neoplatonic philosophers, who quote works of Orpheus , Zoroaster and Pythagoras , cite Hermes Trismegistus less often.
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From —86 Scott was a fellow of Merton College. The book is concerned with the classical texts preserved in the papyri found at the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum , and contains, besides the catalogue proper, a number of edited papyrus texts with commentary, including works of Philodemus. At Sydney, Scott took much interest in the university as a whole. His health was, however, not good and in at his own suggestion his chair was divided, and he became professor of Greek.
Scott carried out the duties of this chair for about 10 years, but resigned due to continued ill-health in August He, however, retired again in and spent the remainder of his life at Oxford.
He contributed several papers to classical journals in England , Australia and Canada , and devoted his later years to the preparation of an edition of the text of Hermetica, The Ancient Greek and Latin Writings which contain Religious or Philosophic Teachings, ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus, with an English translation and notes. When Scott died of heart disease on 26 February the first volume had been published, and the second and third were in the press.
The fourth volume, completed by Professor A. Ferguson, came out some years later. His combination of profound and wide scholarship with idealism was a strong influence in university and teaching life. He did distinguished work as a classical scholar, but the amount of it was limited by his precarious health.
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