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In the Melting Pot: Cultural Mixture and the Presentation of Alchemical Knowledge in the Letter from Isis to Horus (2022)


This article investigates how the Letter from Isis to Horus (first-fourth century CE) explores the literary potentialities allowed by the complex cultural backdrop one finds in late antique Egypt. By looking into how this example of alchemical writing both engages with and departs from shared motifs of Hermetism, the Greco-Egyptian magical papyri, and 1 Enoch, it demonstrates how the Letter uses literary artifice in a way that gives alchemical knowledge a specific and distinct voice. It also argues that the cultural mixture of Hermetism, magic, and Scripture represented in the Letter reflects the alchemical procedure of mixing frequently mentioned in the text.

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Article Megan Piorko; Marieke Hendriksen; Simon Werrett (2022) Alchemical Practice: Looking Towards the Chemical Humanities. Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (pp. 1-18). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Pereira, Michela
Carusi, Paola
Crisciani, Chiara
Perrone Compagni, Vittoria
Eamon, William C.
MHNH (Revista Internacional de Investigación sobre Magia y Astrología Antiguas)
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
European Legacy
St. John's Review
Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism
Cornell University Press
Walburg Pers
Northgate Publishers
University of Wales Press
University of Toronto
Hempen Verlag
Science and culture
Science and religion
Hermes, Trismegistus
Newton, Isaac
Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor
Dee, John
Manilius, Marcus
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
19th century
Rome (Italy)
Prague (Czechia)
Florence (Italy)
Habsburg, House of

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