(urth) Fuligin?

Mo Holkar mo at holkar.net
Wed Jul 16 06:59:39 PDT 2014

Hydrargyrum is the Latinized Greek name for mercury, hence its 
chemical symbol Hg. The 'gyr' is just part of 'argyros', Greek for silver.

My understanding is that everything described about this liquid in 
the text is satisfied by mercury, so there seems no reason to 
consider it to be anything different.

It's not the same (it seems to me) as where he calls a riding beast 
by the name of a prehistoric animal and so we must understand it's 
not that animal and nor is it a horse. Hydrargyrum is not an ancient 
substance predecessor to mercury; it's an archaic name for precisely 
contemporary mercury.


At 14:37 16/07/2014, you wrote:
>"Spinning liquid silver"?
>On 7/15/2014 11:50 AM, Jeffery Wilson clueland.com wrote:
> > On 7/15/2014 9:01 AM, Mo Holkar wrote:
> >> Just mercury, isn't it?
> >
> > The translator G.W. transcribes it as "hydrargyrum", but it could be
> > something more exotic.
> >
> >
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