Transmutation Theory in the Greek Alchemical Corpus

@article{Dufault2015TransmutationTI,
  title={Transmutation Theory in the Greek Alchemical Corpus},
  author={Olivier Dufault},
  journal={Ambix},
  year={2015},
  volume={62},
  pages={215 - 244}
}
Abstract This paper studies transmutation theory as found in the texts attributed to Zosimus of Panopolis, “the philosopher Synesius,” and “the philosopher Olympiodorus of Alexandria.” It shows that transmutation theory (i.e. a theory explaining the complete transformation of substances) is mostly absent from the work attributed to these three authors. The text attributed to Synesius describes a gilding process, which is similar to those described by Pliny and Vitruvius. The commentary… 
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