Lost Arts of the Ancient Goldsmiths

Jewellery Manufacturing in the Ancient Mediterranean World VII-I Century BC


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Silver has its mines,

and gold a place for refining.

Iron is extracted from the earth,

the smelted rocks yield copper.

Man makes an end of darkness,

to the utmost limits he digs

the black rock in shadow dark as death.

Foreigners bore into ravines

in unfrequented places,

 swinging suspended far from human beings.

That earth from which bread comes 

is ravaged underground by fire.

There, the rocks have veins of sapphire 

and their dust contains gold.

That is a path unkown to the birds of prey,

unseen by the eye of any vulture;

A path not trodden by the lordly beasts,

where no lion ever walked.

Man attacks the flint,

upturning moutains by the roots.

He cuts canals through rock,

on the watch for anything precious.

He explores the sources of rivers,

bringing the hidden things to light.

But where does wisdom come from?

Where is intelligence to be found?

A Hymn in Praise of Wisdom – Book of Job 28:  V Century BC


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Weight 430.0000 g
Dimensions 29.7 × 21 cm
Pages 96
ISBN 99932-27-01-3
Year of publication

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