Stephanos of Alexandria on the soul and spirit of copper
“And being burnt to ashes they make many and divine works and various colours [...] leading the nature back outside to the visible. On the one hand, those sulphurous things are active bodies; on the other hand, a power […]. For such things as come to rebirth, relate to an easily apprehended art, especially for they who cook together the ash of common plants with the like, and melt together the ashes of bodies and glasses with the like [...]. For these bodies come again to a cer tain power and virtue and rebirth, having a nature imitative of the whole universe and of the elements themselves, whence also they have rebirth, a communion with a certain spirit, as of things coming into existence by a material spirit. So copper, like a man, has both soul and spirit”.
from Taylor’s translation, Ambix 1938.