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Headword: *xhmei/a
Adler number: chi,280
Translated headword: alchemy
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the preparation of silver and gold. Diocletian sought out and burned books about this.
[It is said] that due to the Egyptians' revolting behavior Diocletian treated them harshly and murderously. After seeking out the books written by the ancient [Egyptians] concerning the alchemy of gold and silver, he burned them so that the Egyptians would no longer have wealth from such a technique, nor would their surfeit of money in the future embolden them against the Romans.[1]
Look under 'skin'.[2]
Greek Original:
*xhmei/a: h( tou= a)rgu/rou kai\ xrusou= kataskeuh/, h(=s ta\ bibli/a diereunhsa/menos o( *dioklhtiano\s e)/kausen. o(/ti dia\ ta\ newterisqe/nta *ai)gupti/ois *dioklhtianw=| tou/tois a)nhme/rws kai\ fonikw=s e)xrh/sato. o(/te dh\ kai\ ta\ peri\ xhmei/as xrusou= kai\ a)rgu/rou toi=s palaioi=s au)tw=n gegramme/na bibli/a diereunhsa/menos e)/kause pro\s to\ mhke/ti plou=ton *ai)gupti/ois e)k th=s toiau/ths prosgi/nesqai te/xnhs mhde\ xrhma/twn au)tou\s qarrou=ntas periousi/a| tou= loipou= *(rwmai/ois a)ntai/rein. zh/tei e)n tw=| de/ras.
[1] Repeated from delta 1156; see also chi 227.
[2] delta 250.
Keywords: biography; definition; economics; ethics; geography; historiography; history; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 7 November 2002@14:05:17.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 11 November 2002@05:23:51.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 4 December 2005@08:52:15.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 20 March 2008@01:43:51.
David Whitehead on 11 November 2013@06:52:41.


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