Arsenic


Arsenic has been found in Nature since Antiquity. Aristotle makes reference to sandarach (arsenic trisulfide) in the 4th century B.C. In the 1st century A.D., Pliny stated that sandarach is found in gold and silver mines and arsenic (arsenic trioxide) is composed of the same matter as sandarach. By the 11th century three species of arsenic were known, the white, yellow and red - since then recognized as arsenic trioxide, arsenic trisulfide (orpiment) and arsenic disulfide (realgar), respectively.