Our Next Webinar will be:
Alchemy in Roman-Egypt
Where did Alchemy really come from? And is there more to it than being just a speculative treasure seeking pursuit? In the popular imagination, Alchemy is often viewed as pseudo-scientific attempts to transmute lead into gold… but this does not convey the whole truth.
This April 17th, Professor Shannon Grimes explores the origins of alchemy in Roman Egypt and uncovers a richer and more complex picture of alchemy, which is rooted in artisanal traditions of ancient Egyptian temples.
In addition to exploring the religious, scientific, and magical elements of ancient alchemy, Grimes will show that the alchemical recipes that emerge in Roman Egypt are not the origin point of alchemy, as has been previously thought, but rather due to the sharing of recipes between temples and trade guilds, which began to proliferate in Egypt under Roman rule.
See the world of Alchemy in a whole new – Roman Egyptian – light.
All registrations made in advance will receive a recording of the event afterwards, even if they are unable to attend. Classical Wisdom Society Members have full access to webinar archives.
The event will take place on Saturday, April 17th 2021 at Noon EDT. (New York Time)
About the Speaker:
Shannon Grimes (Ph.D., Syracuse University) is a Professor of Religion at Meredith College in North Carolina, USA. She specializes in late ancient Mediterranean religions with a particular focus on Greco-Egyptian alchemy. Her first book, “Becoming Gold: Zosimos of Panopolis and the Alchemical Arts in Roman Egypt”, was published in 2018 by Rubedo Press.