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Hermetica: Egyptian-Greek Wisdom Texts

By |2020-08-11T16:22:27+03:00August 11th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Hermetica are Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts from the 2nd century or earlier, which are mostly presented as dialogues in which a teacher, generally identified as Hermes Trismegistus, enlightens a disciple. The texts form the basis of Hermeticism. The Hermetica discusses the divine, the cosmos, mind, [...]

Vaisesika Sutra: One of the Earliest Texts on Physics

By |2020-06-06T22:23:49+03:00June 6th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Vaisesika Sutra, also called Kanada sutra, is an ancient Sanskrit text at the foundation of the Vaisheshika school of Hindu philosophy. The Vaisesika Sutra was authored by the Hindu sage Kanada, also known as Kashyapa. According to some scholars, he flourished before the advent of [...]

Alice in Wonderland – One of the Best-Known Novels

By |2020-05-02T15:09:47+03:00May 2nd, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. Alice in Wonderland tells of a young girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world [...]

The Canterbury Tales

By |2020-03-23T16:05:59+03:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of 24 stories that runs to over 17,000 lines written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer between 1387 and 1400. The Canterbury Tales (mostly written in verse, although some are in prose) are presented as part of a story-telling [...]

The Tao Te Ching – A Chinese Classic Text

By |2019-11-10T01:27:49+03:00November 10th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

The Tao Te Ching is a Chinese classic text traditionally credited to the 6th-century BC sage Laozi. The text's authorship, date of composition and date of compilation are debated. The oldest excavated portion dates back to the late 4th century BC, but modern scholarship dates [...]

The Ebers Papyrus – An Egyptian Medical Papyrus

By |2019-10-11T17:41:01+03:00October 11th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Ebers Papyrus, also known as Papyrus Ebers, is an Egyptian medical papyrus of herbal knowledge dating to circa 1550 BC. Among the oldest and most important medical papyri of ancient Egypt, it was purchased at Luxor (Thebes) in the winter of 1873–74 by Georg [...]

The Heart Sutra: The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom

By |2019-10-10T19:50:41+03:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

The Heart Sutra is a popular sutra in Mahāyāna Buddhism. Its Sanskrit title, Prajñāpāramitāhṛdaya, can be translated as "The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom". The sutra famously states, "Form is empty" (śūnyatā). It is a condensed exposé on the Buddhist Mahayana teaching of the [...]

Vishnu Purana: One of the Eighteen Mahapuranas

By |2019-09-24T23:54:21+03:00September 24th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Vishnu Purana is one of the eighteen Mahapuranas, a genre of ancient and medieval texts of Hinduism. It is an important Pancharatra text in the Vaishnavism literature corpus. The manuscripts of Vishnu Purana have survived into the modern era in many versions. More than [...]

Meditations: A Series of Writings by Marcus Aurelius on Stoic Philosophy

By |2019-09-13T03:38:31+03:00September 13th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy. Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations in Koine Greek as a source for his [...]