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CLARA A. CALLAHAN
Also known as Mary, Maria, and Miriam the Prophetess or Jewess, Miriam the Alchemist was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in the first or second century A.D. Writing under the name of Miriam the Prophetess, sister of Moses, Miriam the Alchemist should not be confused with the biblical Miriam. Fragments of Miriam's writings, including the Maria Practica, exist in collections of ancient alchemy such as the writings of the third- or fourth-century alchemist Zosimos, who repeatedly quoted Miriam's descriptions and instructions.
In the first century B.C., Alexandria was an intellectual center. Although a scientific decline had set in by Miriam's time, alchemy flour