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Molybdæna,1 which in another place I have called "galena,"2 is a mineral compounded of silver and lead. It is considered better in quality the nearer it approaches to a golden colour and the less lead it contains; it is also friable, and of moderate weight. When it is melted with oil, it acquires the colour of liver. It is found adhering also to the furnaces in which gold and silver have been smelted; and in this case it is called "metallic." The most esteemed kind is that prepared at Zephyrium.3 Those kinds, too, are considered the best that are the least earthy and the least stony. It is used in preparing liparæ,4 as also for soothing or cooling ulcers, and as an ingredient in plasters, which are applied without ligatures, but are used only as a liniment for producing cicatrization on the bodies of delicate persons and the more tender parts. The composition is made of three pounds of molybdæna, one pound of wax, and three heminæ of oil; to which are added lees of olives, in the case of aged persons. Combined with scum of silver5 and scoria of lead, it is employed warm in fomentations for dysentery and tenesmus.

1 This was probably lead ore in its primary state, when only separated from the stannum, and before it was subjected to fusion for the purpose of obtaining pure lead.—See Beckmann's Hist. Inv. Vol. II. p. 211. Bohn's Edition. Ajasson identifies it with litharge, or fused oxide of lead, known as gold and silver litharge, from its colour.

2 See B. xxxiii. c. 31, and Chapter 47 of this Book.—B.

3 In Cilicia: see B. v. c. 22. He is speaking, no doubt, of the "metallic," or artificial kind.

4 A kind of ointment. See B. xxiii. c. 81, and B. xxxiii. c. 35.

5 Our Litharge. See B. xxxiii. c. 35.

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