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Marianus the Roman, Hermit of Jerusalem

Usually Latinised from Arabic as MORIENUS
VII Century
Morien, a Greek hermit, is supposed to have revealed the secret of the Philosopher's Stone to Khalid ibn Yazid, son of the second Ummayed caliph. Prince Khalid was a real person, and seems to have been interested in scientific and medical topics, but the existence of Morien is less certain. The legend does, however, accurately reflect the world of the late VII and VIII Century Islamic Caliphate, and the quest of some of its leaders to rediscover the lost sciences of what they belatedly concluded to have been a more advanced civilisation than their own.

Norman Hugh Redington

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