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Zosimos of Panopolis


A third century Gnostic mystic and alchemist. He authored an encyclopedic treatise on alchemy, which remains the oldest text on the subject. His writings showed him not only to be versed in Egyptian, Greek and Arabic lore of alchemy, but Christianity as well. His book described mystical visions combining both Christian and pagan constituents. A.G.H.


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