Maxwell Lewis Latham

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maxwell Lewis Latham was born at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1978. For most of his life he has lived as a hermit in the wilderness, mainly making his living as a travelling musician throughout the world. In more recent years he has devoted his life to working and studying extremely hard. Max is a deeply spiritual person and for much of his life belonged to the Eastern tradition of the Tao. Max respects all faiths, but is himself a devout Anglican and converted to Christianity following a series of transformative religious experiences and psychic revelations.

Next I saw the brightest Light and in itself, there was a form, a man of sapphirine complexion that threshed with divine correction, by which everything was filled with the sweetest golden fire, and that brilliant Light poured over everything, which was the golden fire, and that golden fire which engulfed everything was the brilliant Light; both that brightest Light and the golden fire were of one man, all one form, the Light from among one miraculous power and abilities appears. And also again I heard an oracular prophecy, that Light began speaking to me: therein is a feeling expressed only in writing of the secret Eucharists of God, to have made a distinction by having been seen and which could mean an incorporeal being that who, without rising as does the sun, exists, and which is formed of no earthly substance, in which the most potent psychic abilities from miraculous power had been planted. All things were the streams of forces.

Hildegard von Bingen, Scivias, 2.2 (trans. Latham, M.L.) 2017

 Currently studying for a Masters degree in Classical Studies, he also has a  Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Classical Studies in 2016 from the Open University.

Max Latham is an ancient historian, a classical scholar, an archaeologist and most of all: a contemplative spiritual seeker. Although Max has studied agency theory, anthropology, medieval history, Reception Studies, Classical Latin, archaeology, Greek and Roman mythology and philosophy, but his specialism is in Roman imperial history and archaeology (circa 27 B.C.E. – c.117 C.E.). Yet it is his spiritual journey which has redirected his knowledge of various fields of scholarship into other areas, specifically: Hermetic philosophies, esoteric literature and practising higher mysticism.

Max first began meditating in 1996 but has since then turned most of his energies towards researching and interpreting the myriad meanings of ancient legends and translating Latin literature. In 2018 Max undertook researching ancient British and Irish folklore and mythology for Eleventh Hour. Equally, perhaps Max’s greatest contribution to the universe is that he has made notable progress towards deepening our collective understanding of the interrelated phenomena of prognostication and cognitive symbiosis.

Max’s poetic attainments are also considerable. His composition is in the classical style and adheres to its ancient traditions. He prefers to write epic poetry inspired by holy books, old myths and ancient legends. (A selection of his Poems for Meditation and some excerpts from his epic poem The Fall of Man are soon to be freely available on Falcon’s website).

It is said that bodies carry a soul,

Changed into new forms: the gods, it begins,

(And for those you have changed) breathe, exhale

My works, and from first the earth’s origin,

To trace downwards unto the present time,

Let’s sing this perpetual song of mine.

Ovid’s Metamorphoses 1.1-4 (trans. Latham) 2018

Maxwell is also an editor for Falcon Books Publishers.

Max Latham has been interested in hermetics ever since reading the philosophical hermetica for the first time in 2014. Yet prior to that he had been on a long spiritual journey which led up to this point, having been interested in spirituality since he was a child and meditating at college. He has been an editor (and the Latin translator) for Falcon Books Publishing since 2018 after graduating from university in 2016. His master’s degree dissertation (2021) is on elemental spirits from other realms as outlined in Apuleius’ De Deo Socratis and their relationship to hermetic texts.

BOOKS BY MAXWELL LEWIS LATHAM
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He has written a brief scholarly article The Myth of Asclepius. To find out more about his work, read  Falcon Books-Author’s Corner interview, discussing Max’s latest title.