By: Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski
112 pages, 15 col and 7 b/w photos
Presents an herbal of thirty-six medicinal plants, most of them known to the ancients and still employed today and describes each plant's contemporary medicinal uses and compares them to ancient practices as recorded in literary sources. Scientific, English, and Italian names and the plant's mythological associations complete the entries, while elegant, full-page portraits depict each plant visually.
The appeal of such a work will be wide, encompassing professionals and laymen alike. The book is the type which a visitor to Pompeii, or to Italy generally, would want to take along as a vade mecum [guidebook]. --Robert I. Curtis, Professor of Classics, University of Georgia "Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski... the leading authority ... in her latest study, provides an evaluation of thirty-six plants at Pompeii, "then and now"... an introduction traces the ancient background, from Hippocrates, Diocles of Carystus and Theophrastus to the likes of Pliny the Elder and Diosorides, while Pompeii and the other Vesuvian sites provide the material remains. Description is accompanied by a facing "portrait" of each plant. The touch is light throughout."--Times Literary Supplement, 30 June 2000
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