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Ouroboros illustration with the words , hen to p?n ("the all is one") from the Chrysopoeia of Cleopatra

In alchemy, the term chrysopoeia (Ancient Greek: ?, khrusopoiia) means transmutation into gold (from the Greek , khrusos, "gold", and , poiein, "to make"). It symbolically indicates the creation of the philosopher's stone and the completion of the Great Work.

The word was used in the title of a brief alchemical work, the Chrysopoeia of Cleopatra attributed to Cleopatra the Alchemist, which was probably written in the first centuries of the Christian era, but which is first found on a single leaf in a tenth-to-eleventh century manuscript in the Biblioteca Marciana, Venice, MS Marciana gr. Z. 299.[1] The document features an ouroboros containing the words "the all is one" ( , hen to p?n), a concept that is related to Hermeticism. Stephen of Alexandria wrote a De Chrysopoeia.[2]Chrysopoeia is also the title of a 1515 poem by Giovanni Augurello.

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  1. ^ Berthelot, Marcellin (1887). Collection des ancien alchimistes grec. Tome 1. Paris: Steinheil. p. 128.
  2. ^ Stanton J. Linden. The alchemy reader: from Hermes Trismegistus to Isaac Newton. 2003. p.54

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