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Headword: Χημεία
Adler number: chi,280
Translated headword: alchemy
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[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:
Χημεία: ἡ τοῦ ἀργύρου καὶ χρυσοῦ κατασκευή, ἧς τὰ βιβλία διερευνησάμενος ὁ Διοκλητιανὸς ἔκαυσεν. ὅτι διὰ τὰ νεωτερισθέντα Αἰγυπτίοις Διοκλητιανῷ τούτοις ἀνημέρως καὶ φονικῶς ἐχρήσατο. ὅτε δὴ καὶ τὰ περὶ χημείας χρυσοῦ καὶ ἀργύρου τοῖς παλαιοῖς αὐτῶν γεγραμμένα βιβλία διερευνησάμενος ἔκαυσε πρὸς τὸ μηκέτι πλοῦτον Αἰγυπτίοις ἐκ τῆς τοιαύτης προσγίνεσθαι τέχνης μηδὲ χρημάτων αὐτοὺς θαρροῦντας περιουσίᾳ τοῦ λοιποῦ Ῥωμαίοις ἀνταίρειν. ζήτει ἐν τῷ δέρας.
Notes:
[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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