Reading 17-1 4 Fig. 5. One of the reconstructions of the silphion column now in the Museum at Delphi, Greece dating from the 5th to early 4th century BC. physician and the author of the famous Materia Medica, a source book for all medieval herbalists until the late Renaissance, may have provided drawings just when the coinage images leave off but contemporary manuscripts have not survived. The earliest extant manuscript, the 6th century Codex Aniciae Julianae con-tains only a drawing of the root in a crude rendition; a drawing of the whole plant is tantalizingly missing. The earliest Cyrenaic coins feature the schizocarp (a double seeded fruit); the leaf alone occurs at least once and looks celery-like. Later on representations of the entire in f orescence ( f owering stalk) is very frequent and by 500 BC we get ambitious compositions featuring entire plants or separate plant parts, often associated with divinities or animals. Figure 3 portrays one uncluttered and beautiful representation
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