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Mesopotamia in the early history of alchemy
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Alan Pritchard
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 Posted: Fri Dec 4th, 2009 03:31 pm
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AL Oppenheim
Mesopotamia in the early history of alchemy.
Rev Assyriol Archeol Orient 1 Jan 1966: p. 29.
http://highwire.stanford.edu/cgi/medline/pmid;19928331

"The purpose of this article is to draw attention to two small and fragmentary cuneiform texts which, in my opinion, throw light on a chapter of the history of science which has hitherto been hardly touched upon"

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 Posted: Fri Dec 4th, 2009 10:35 pm
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Thanks, I might be able to get hold of that.  How on earth do you find such out of the way articles?

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 Posted: Fri Dec 4th, 2009 10:54 pm
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This short paper on Alchemy and Mathematics, available as a .pdf download, was inspired by Oppenheim's work:

http://akira.ruc.dk/~jensh/Publications/2000%7Bd%7D_Alchemy.PDF

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 Posted: Sat Dec 5th, 2009 05:00 pm
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Ahh, further digging reveals that these are the texts that were discussed in my archaeological glass and glazes module a couple of weeks ago.  Much more information can be found in Oppenheimer, Brill, Barag and Von Saldern, "Glass and glassmaking in ancient Mesopotamia", Corning Museum of glass, 1970.

In my opinion, there's no relation to alchemy except insofar as early technical operations became subsumed into Alchemy around 2,000 years ago.  But the texts are interesting for the mix of technical information about what materials should be used, how much of each, and the unusual 2 stage manufacturing process, and religious actions such as sacrifices and taboos to be observed. 

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 Posted: Sun Dec 6th, 2009 07:04 pm
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Alan Pritchard wrote: AL Oppenheim
Mesopotamia in the early history of alchemy.
Rev Assyriol Archeol Orient 1 Jan 1966: p. 29.
http://highwire.stanford.edu/cgi/medline/pmid;19928331

There appears to be a complete run of this journal Revue d'assyriologie et d'archéologie orientale in Glasgow University Library. I will try and access the article on my next visit in a week or so.




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 Posted: Mon Dec 7th, 2009 07:31 am
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The full reference is vol 60 part 1 (1966) pp.29-45.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 7th, 2009 07:38 am
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