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Unformatted text preview: treatice Enquiry into Plants of Theophras-tus of Eresus (372288 BC), the student and successor of Aristotle. The botanical writings of Aristotle are lost but Aristotle himself may be the source of this most famous of ancient botanical documents. Theophrastus devotes an inordinate amount of attention to silphion and re-fers to it more than a dozen times. From Theophrastus (after the translation of Sir Arthur Hort, VI, III, 1-3) we learn that he thought of silphion as a ferula-like plant. He continues: Fig. 6. A beautiful coin from the Cyrenaic city of Barce, ca. 420 BC, portraying silphion on the obverse and the head of Zeus Ammon on the reverse. Fig. 8. Ferula tingitana , a native plant of Northern Af-rica, probably a close relative of silphion, from Curtis Botanical Magazine, volume 118, plate 7267, 1892. Fig. 7. Ferula narthex Boiss. ( Ferula asafoetida Falconer) from a 19th century drawing....
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course HIST 302 taught by Professor Jensic during the Summer '10 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.
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