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    Quote Originally Posted by JDP View Post
    Oh, so what you are looking for is scans of Arabic alchemical manuscript texts. Heck, I got a whole bunch of those too. I got scans of Arabic alchemical texts by Agathodaimon, Zosimos, Asfidus, Aras Al-Hakim, Khalid ibn Yazzid, Jabir ibn Hayyan, Ibn Umail, Al-Majriti, Al-Marrakushi, Al-Muhtar, Al-Iraqi, etc.
    Has Zosimos written some texts at the Arab language too? Not in ancient Greek only? Or you are referring to another Zosimos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellin Hermetist View Post
    Has Zosimos written some texts at the Arab language too? Not in ancient Greek only? Or you are referring to another Zosimos?
    It is the same Alexandrian alchemist Zosimos of Panopolis. Some of his writings have only survived in Arabic versions. Some of these texts appear to be wholly authentic compositions by Zosimos that were translated into Arabic, while others are more like composites of several writings by Zosimos that were re-worked into new treatises by some early Arabic alchemists who assumed his identity. In both cases they are highly interesting since the Greek originals have now been "lost" and only survive in these Arabic versions. The same goes for several other originally Greek or Persian texts, like those attributed to Agathodaimon, Ostanes, Plato, Maria, Galen, Heraclius, Aras the Sage, etc. which have only survived in Arabic versions, the original Greek and Persian texts having apparently not survived to our times. The interest that the Arabs had for alchemy since they first became acquainted with the subject during the expansion of Islam into the Near East and North Africa saved many of these texts from complete oblivion.

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    The incomplete "Book of Stones" is published as "Names, Natures and Things" by Syed Nomanul Haq, as volume 158 in the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science.

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