What are some ancient uses of sulfur?

I need some ancient uses of sulfur. Please name the country or people the people who used it, thankyou. oh, and the website that you recieved it from (not wikipedia)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Sulfur was known in ancient times and is referred to in the Torah (Genesis). English translations of the Bible commonly referred to burning sulfur as "brimstone", giving rise to the name of fire-and-brimstone' sermons, in which listeners are reminded of the fate of eternal damnation that await the unbelieving and unrepentant. It is from this part of the Bible that Hell is implied to "smell of sulfur" (likely due to its association with volcanic activity), although sulfur, in itself, is in fact odorless. The "smell of sulfur" usually refers to either the odor of hydrogen sulfide, e.g. from rotten egg, or of burning sulfur, which produces sulfur dioxide, the smell associated with burnt matches. The smell emanating from raw sulfur originates from a slow oxidation in the presence of air. Hydrogen sulfide is the principal odor of untreated sewage and is one of several unpleasant smelling sulfur-containing components of flatulence (along with sulfur-containing mercaptans).

    A natural form of sulfur known as shiliuhuang was known in China since the 6th century BC and found in Hanzhong. By the 3rd century, the Chinese discovered that sulfur could be extracted from pyrite. Chinese Daoists were interested in sulfur's flammability and its reactivity with certain metals, yet its earliest practical uses were found in traditional Chinese medicine. A Song Dynasty military treatise of 1044 AD described different formulas for Chinese black powder, which is a mixture of potassium nitrate (KNO3), charcoal, and sulfur. Early alchemists gave sulfur its own alchemical symbol which was a triangle at the top of a cross.

    In 1777, Antoine Lavoisier helped convince the scientific community that sulfur was an element and not a compound. In 1867, sulfur was discovered in underground deposits in Louisiana and Texas. The overlying layer of earth was quicksand, prohibiting ordinary mining operations; therefore, the Frasch process was developed.

    The early medical books of Dioscorides and Pliny mention Sulfur, and fumes from burning sulfur were used in religious ceremonies and for fumigation. Alchemists recognized sulfur as a mineral substance that can be melted and burned.

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    Uses Of Sulfur

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    Sulfur Uses

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Sulfur has basically been known forever. It's literally prehistoric. Nobody can tell you who the first people were who discovered it. Prehistoric man used sulfur as a pigment for cave painting; one of the first recorded instances of the art of medication is in the use of sulfur as a tonic. The Egyptians talk about it somewhere around 600 BC, with sulfur dioxide for bleaching cotton. The famous Greek, Homer, recorded that it was used as a "fumigant," which probably refers to some kind of pest control (fumigation). Biblically, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by brimstone, a colloquial word for sulfur. It was used in the earliest forms of black powder (gunpowder).

    It's thought that sulfur played a part in "Greek Fire," but as the recipe has been lost to antiquity, no one will probably ever know.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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