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 +====== Thoth and The Emerald Tablets ======
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 +The Emerald Tablet, also known as the Smaragdine Tablet, or Tabula Smaragdina, is a compact and cryptic piece of the Hermetica reputed to contain the secret of the prima materia and its transmutation. It was highly regarded by European alchemists as the foundation of their art and its Hermetic tradition. The original source of the Emerald Tablet is unknown. Although Hermes Trismegistus is the author named in the text, its first known appearance is in a book written in Arabic between the sixth and eighth centuries. The text was first translated into Latin in the twelfth century. Numerous translations,​ interpretations and commentaries followed.
 +The layers of meaning in the Emerald Tablet have been associated with the creation of the philosopher'​s stone, as well as with other esoteric ideas. ​
 +The text of the Smaragdine Tablet gives its author as Hermes Trismegistus ("​Hermes the Thrice-Greatest"​),​ a legendary Hellenistic combination of the Greek god Hermes and the ancient Egyptian god Thoth. Despite the claims of antiquity, it's believed to be an Arabic work written between the sixth and eighth centuries. The oldest documentable source of the text is the "Kitab Balaniyus al-Hakim fi'​l-`Ilal Kitāb sirr al-ḫalīqa"​ كتاب سر الخليقة و صنعة الطبيعة أو كتاب العلل للحكيم بلنياس (book of Balinas the wise on the Causes) written in Arabic between the sixth and eighth centuries. This volume is attributed to "​Balinas"​ (or Pseudo-Apollonius of Tyana) In his book, Balinas frames the Emerald Tablet as ancient Hermetic wisdom. He tells his readers that he discovered the text in a vault below a statue of Hermes in Tyana, and that, inside the vault, an old corpse on a golden throne held the emerald tablet. The laws of hermeticism:​ Following Balinas, an early version of the Emerald Tablet appeared in Kitab Sirr al-Asrar: (Book of the Secret of Creation and the Art of Nature), itself a composite of earlier works, and in Kitab Ustuqus al-Uss al-Thani (Second Book of the Elements of Foundation) attributed to Jabir ibn Hayyan. The Smaragdine Tablet was first translated into Latin in the twelfth century by Hugo of Santalla. The text is also in an enlarged thirteenth century edition of Secretum Secretorum (also known as Kitab Sirr al-Asrar).
 +A translation by Isaac Newton is found among his alchemical papers that are currently housed in King's College Library, Cambridge University.
 +Original edition of the Latin text called Chrysogonus Polydorus, Nuremberg 1541
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