The Egyptian writer Hermes Trismegistus (c. 250), in a work called Asclepius (cited by Augustine, De civit.
HERMES TRISMEGISTUS (" the thrice greatest Hermes "), an honorific designation of the Egyptian Hermes, i.e.
Pietschmann, Hermes Trismegistus, nach agyptischen, griechischen, and orientalischen Uberlieferungen (1875); R.
Thoth was identified by the Greeks with Hermes, and Hermes Trismegistus is a late development of the Egyptian god.
Thoth " the thrice-great " passed into Hermes Trismegistus whom Christian fathers could recognize, 2 when the supremely beautiful figure of Greek theology, Apollo, had lost his dignity and ceased to be desired.
In October 1881 he wrote a touching sonnet on the death of President Garfield, and in January 1882, when the hand of death was already upon him, his poem, Hermes Trismegistus, in which he gives utterance, in language as rich as that of the early gods, to that strange feeling of awe without fear, and hope without form, with which every man of spotless life and upright intellect withdraws from the phenomena of time to the realities of eternity.