#Orichalcum or aurichalcum is a #metal mentioned in several ancient writings, including the story of #Atlantis 😱in the Critias of #Plato . Within the dialogue, Critias (460 – 403 BC) claims that orichalcum had been considered second only to #gold in value and had been found and mined in many parts of Atlantis 👀in #ancient times, 🙊🙉🙈but that by Critias' own time orichalcum was known only by name. In 2015, metal ingots were found in an ancient #shipwreck in Gela, Sicily, which were made of an alloy primarily consisting of copper, zinc and small percentages of nickel, #lead , and #iron . In numismatics, orichalcum is the golden-colored bronze alloy used by the #RomanEmpire for their sestertius and dupondius #coins .
The name is derived from the Greek, oreikhalkos (from ὄρος, oros, mountain and χαλκός, chalkos, #copper ), meaning literally "mountain copper". The #Romans transliterated "orichalcum" as "aurichalcum." Orichalcum is first mentioned in the 7th century BC by Hesiod, and in the Homeric hymn dedicated to Aphrodite, dated to the 630s. According to the Critias of Plato, the three outer walls of the Temple to Poseidon and Cleito on Atlantis were clad respectively with brass, tin, and the third outer wall, which encompassed the whole citadel, “…Flashed with the red light of orichalcum. The interior walls, pillars and floors of the temple were completely covered in orichalcum, and the roof was variegated with gold, silver, and orichalcum. In the center of the #temple stood a pillar of orichalcum, on which the laws of #Poseidon and records of the first son princes of Poseidon were inscribed.” (Crit. 116–119)
In later years, "orichalcum" was used to describe the sulfide mineral chalcopyrite and to describe #brass . However, these usages are difficult to reconcile with the claims of Plato's Critias, who states that the metal was "only a name" by his time, while brass and chalcopyrite were very important in the time of Plato, as they still are today!
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Shiny new pewter delivery ready for Give it a Bash workshop @manchestercraft on Sunday.
I order my lead free pewter in ingots or sheets depending on what's planned for it. These ingots will be melted in my smelting pot before we cast them into cuttlefish moulds. I'm looking forward to seeing what is created. .
This workshop is sold out but feel free to DM me your email address to hear about 2018 dates when they're announced sooooon. :)
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