The thing we call alchemy, first started being alchemy in Egypt in the early Christian era. At least that’s when people first started writing about it. Depending on who you read, you might make a case for predecessors in the shrines of the Far East, the schools of Greek antiquity, or the forges of Middle Earth. There might even be a story or two involving pyramids, UFOs and the longevity of Moses. The former is context and the later is bullshit. Alchemy is applied Hermeticism and started in Egypt with the person who wrote under the name of Hermes Trismegistus.
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- Jack Lindsay. The Origins Of Alchemy In Graeco Roman Egypt.
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