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.