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He asserted that the fallen angels taught the arts of metallurgy to the women they married, an idea also recorded in the Book of Enoch and later repeated in the Gnostic Apocryphon of John. Distillation equipment of Zosimos, from the 15th century Byzantine Greek manuscript Codex Parisinus Zosimus the Alchemist was a Greek alchemist and Gnostic mystic who lived at the end of the 3rd and beginning of the 4th century AD. He was born in Panopolis, present day Akhmim in the south of Egypt, and ourished ca.
He wrote the oldest known books on alchemy, which he called Cheirokmeta, using the Greek word for things made by hand. Pieces of this work survive in the original Greek language and in translations into Syriac or Arabic. He is one of about 40 authors represented in a compendium of alchemical writings that was probably put together in Constantinople in the 7th or 8th century AD and that exists in manuscripts in Venice and Paris. Stephen of Alexandria is another.
The ancient and divine writings say that the angels became enamoured of women; and, descending, taught them all the works of nature. From them, therefore, is the rst tradition, chema, concerning these arts; for they called this book chema and hence the science of chemistry takes its name. The external processes of metallic transmutationthe transformations of lead and copper into silver and gold see the Stockholm papyrus had always to mirror an inner process of purication and redemption.
Unfortunately, the translations were that of the Egyptians and that of the Hebrews, incomplete and seemingly non-verbatim. The index of Arabic books, Kitab al-Fihrist by Ibn Al-Nadim, science and wisdom of the most excellent dommentions earlier translations of four books by Zosimos, inate the one and the other.
Both originate in however due to inconsistency in transliteration, these olden times. Their origin is without a king, autexts were attributed to names Thosimos, Dosimos tonomous and immaterial; it is not concerned and Rimos"; also it is possible that two of them are with material and corruptible bodies, it opertranslations of the same book.
Sezgin has found 15 ates, without submitting to strange inuences, manuscripts of Zozimos in six libraries, at Tehran, Caire, supported by prayer and divine grace. Istanbul, Gotha, Dublin and Rampur. Michle Mertens analyzes what is known about those manuscripts in her The symbol of chemistry is drawn from the translation of Zozimos, concluding that the Arabic tradicreation by its adepts, who cleanse and save the tion seems extremely rich and promising, and regretting divine soul bound in the elements, and who free the diculty of access to these materials, until translated the divine spirit from its mixture with the esh.
Greek alchemists used what they called , meaning both divine water, and sulphurous water. Zosimos drew upon the Hermetic image of the krater or mixing bowl, a symbol of the divine mind in which the Hermetic initiate was baptized and puried in the course of a visionary ascent through the heavens and into the transcendent realms.
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Similar ideas of a spiritual baptism in the waters of the transcendent Pleroma are characteristic of the Sethian Gnostic texts unearthed at Nag Hammadi. Zosimos also dreams of a place of punishments where all who enter immediately burst into ames and submit themselves to an unendurable torment.
Jung believed these visions to be a sort of Alchemical allegory, with the tormented homunculi personifying transmutationsburning or boiling themselves to become something else. The central image of the visions are the Sacricial Act, which each Homunculus endures. In alchemy the dyophysite nature is constantly emphasized, two principles balancing one another, active and passive, masculine and feminine, which constitute the eternal cycle of birth and death.
This is also illustrated in the gure of the uroboros, the dragon that bites its own tail and which appears earliest in the Chrysopoeia. Selfdevouring is the same as self-destruction, but the unison of the dragons tail and mouth was also thought of as self-fertilization. Hence the text of Tractatus Avicennae mentions the dragon slays itself, weds itself, impregnates itself.
In the visions, circular thinking appears in the sacricial priests identity with his victim and in the idea that the homunculus into whom Ion is changed devours himselfhe spews fourth his own esh and rends himself with his own teeth. The homunculus therefore stands for the uroboros, which devours itself and gives birth to self. Since the homonculus represents the transformation of Ion, it follows that Ion, the uroboros, and the sacricer are essentially the same.
One of Zosimos texts is about a sequence of dreams related to Alchemy, and presents the proto-science as a much more religious experience. In his dream he rst 3 Surviving works comes to an altar and meets Ion, who calls himself the priest of inner sanctuaries, and I submit myself to an unendurable torment. Ion then ghts and impales Zosimos This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. He takes the pieces of Zosimos to the altar, and burned them upon the re of the The Book of Pictures Muaf a-uwar art, till I perceived by the transformation of the body that I had become spirit.
From there, Ion cries blood, and Concerning the true Book of Sophe, the Egyptian, and horribly melts into the opposite of himself, into a muof the Divine Master of the Hebrews and the Sabaoth tilated anthroparionwhich Carl Jung perceived as the Powers French translation rst concept of the homunculus in alchemical literature. The Final Quittance French translation Zosimos wakes up, asks himself, Is not this the composition of the waters?
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Mead; French translation alive, yet still alive, who says to him, The sight that you see is the entrance, and the exit, and the transformation Treatise on Instruments and Furnaces French trans Those who seek to obtain the art or moral perfeclation tion enter here, and become spirits by escaping from the The Visions of Zosimos English translation bodywhich can be regarded as human distillation; just as how distilled water puries it, distilling the body puries it as well.
He then sees a Brazen Man another ho- The complete as of "uvres de Zosime were munculus, as Jung believed any man described as being published in French by M. Berthelot in Les alchimistes metal is perceived as being a homunculus , a Leaden Man grecs. English translations remain elusive.
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