ASCLEPIUS 21-29 (NHC VI, 8)
A Coptic translation of part of a Hermetic text extant completely only in a Latin translation. In the text, Hermes Trismegistus, acting as mystagogue, is providing esoteric teaching to his pupil Asclepius (Tat and Ammon are two others mentioned in the text). The original Greek version was called “The Perfect Teaching”; two fragments are extant. The Coptic excerpt, for which no title is given, has Hermes expound on human nature and refers to Egypt as “the image of heaven.” The original version was composed in second- or early third-century Egypt.