Dating from early in the Christian era, they were mistakenly dated to a much earlier period by Church officials (and everyone else) up until the 15th century. Undoubtedly the most famous among the religio-philosophical Hermetica is the Corpus Hermeticum, a selection of seventeen Greek treatises that was first compiled by Byzantine editors, and translated into Latin in the fifteenth century by Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) and Lodovico Lazzarelli (1447-1500). The Corpus Hermeticum, presented with other introductory material, part of a vast collection of materials dealing with Gnosis and Gnosticism, both ancient and modern. The site includes the Gnostic Library, with the complete Nag Hammadi Library and a large collection of other primary Gnostic scriptures and documents. An Introduction to the Corpus Hermeticum; I.
Za ove kodekse, u vremenu od antike pa do početka 17. stoljeća, smatralo se da su prijevod drevne egipatske mudrosti, to jest učenja Hermesa Trismegistosa, »Triput Velikog Hermesa«. Corpus Hermeticum is a text attributed to Hermes Trismegistos, found in Alexandria in the early CE.