Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church (The Complete Eight Volumes in One). Amazon Kindle Edition, 2014.
Volume 2, Ante-Nicene Christianity A.D. 100-325, “Chapter 13. Ecclesiastical Literature of the Ante-Nicene Age, and Biographical Sketches of the Church Fathers.” sec. 159-204.
§ 179. Hermias.
Schaff introduces a character called “Hermias, otherwise entirely unknown to us” (Schaff 2014, loc. 21881) but who leaves us a witty and sarcastic work pointing out the contradictions of pagan philosophers. Hermias takes up the various views of the soul and the origin of the world. Schaff provides a quotation which describes the difficulty of understanding the world through various lenses (Schaff 2014, loc. 21887). “The work is small and unimportant” (Schaff 2014, loc. 21893), yet Schaff considers it to shed some light on the situation of church and culture in the late second century.