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Why was mercury considered a metal even in ancient times?

  1. Sep 17, 2013 #1
    Today we know that mercury is a metal even though it's a liquid, because we already know its position in periodic table, its ability to conduct electricity, but these features of mercury were not known in ancient times ( for example, in the age of great greek philosophers). Yet it was considered a metal. Why? Because it was shiny and heavy?
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    Thank you very much.
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