The Emerald Tablet, also known as the Smaragdine Table, or Tabula Smaragdina, is a piece of the Hermetica (Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts from the 2nd century AD), reputed to contain the secret of the prima materia – the essence of all matter. It was regarded by European alchemists as the foundation of their art.
Noah has a tattoo of the tablet across his back. The line "Sic Mundus Creatus Est," which is written on the door to the wormhole, is derived from the text.
Appearances and references Edit
The series features several references to the tablet. A painting depicting the Emerald Tablet by Heinrich Khunrath from 1606, with a triquetra added at the bottom, is seen in multiple places throughout the series.
Ulrich in 1986 has an album called "Fist of Hebron" by a band named Tabula Smaragdina, which is the Latin name for the Emerald Tablet. On the cover is the image of the tablet.
A framed image of the tablet hangs in the hospital in 1986, and to the left of it an image of Hermes Trismegistus, the author named in the text. Mikkel Nielsen takes it to his hospital bed and studies it.
Noah has the image of the tablet tattooed across his back, which hints that he has a connection to hermeticism.
The metal door to the wormhole in the caves features the line "Sic Mundus Creatus Est," which is Latin for "Thus the world was created" or "So was the world created." The phrase is the title of the first season's sixth episode.