Now you know your A, B, G…

First published on FB 13/03/2020

This was supposed to be a periodic table devoid of letters and numbers, so why do we have here alpha, beta, gamma – the first three letters of the Greek alphabet?

The element cadmium is named for Cadmean earth, an ore found near Thebes, the ancient Greek city founded by the hero Cadmus. Cadmean earth is a zinc ore in which cadmium was discovered as an impurity.

According to myth, Cadmus was a prince of Phoenicia (modern day Lebanon) and was sent to Greece by his father to rescue his sister Europa who had been abducted by Zeus. The Greek alphabet developed from the Phoenician alphabet, and it was Cadmus who was credited by ancient Greek historians with bringing the Phoenician alphabet to Greece.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: