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A Pompeian herbal : ancient and modern medicinal plants
Jashemski, Wilhelmina F. (Wilhelmina Feemster), 1910-2007.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Austin : University of Texas Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
107 pages : illustrations : 26 cm

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RS177.I8 J37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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When workmen excavating the ruins of Pompeii eagerly gathered the native medicinal plants growing there, Jashemski discovered that this was another example of the continuity of life in the shadow of Vesuvius. Many of the plants used for herbal medicine around Pompeii today are the same ones that ancient authorities such as Pliny the Elder and Dioscorides recommended for treating the same types of disorder. In this book, Jashemski presents an herbal of 36 medicinal plants, most of them known to the ancients and still employed today. She 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 which are accompanied by full-page portraits of each plant.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations of Authors Cited or Quoted Preface
I Introduction-Medicinal Plants: Then and Now
II Medicinal Plants At Pompeii: Then and Now
1 Adiantum capillus-veneris L.: maiden-hair fern
2 Alcea rosea L.: hollyhock
3 Artemisia absinthium L.: common wormwood
4 Calamintha nepeta (L.) Savi: calamint savory
5 Castanea sativa Miller: European chestnut
6 Centranthus ruber (L.) DC.: red valerian
7 Chamomilla recutita (L.) Rauschert: camomile
8 Cichorium intybus L.: chicory
9 Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f.: lemon
10 Cyclamen hederifolium Aiton: cyclamen
11 Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers.: Bermuda grass
12 Delphinium halteratum Sibth. & Sm.: larkspur
13 Diplotaxis tenuifolia (L.) DC.: wall rocket
14 Eucalyptus camaldulensis Dehnh.: eucalyptus
15 Ficus carica L.: fig
16 Foeniculum vulgare Miller: fennel
17 Hordeum vulgare L.: six-rowed barley
18 Hypericum perforatum L.: St. John's wort
19 Juglans regia L.: English or Persian walnut
20 Lactuca sativa L.: lettuce
21 Laurus nobilis L.: laurel, bay tree
22 Lobularia maritima (L.) Desv.: sweet alyssum
23 Malus domestica Borkh.: apple
24 Malva sylvestris L.: common mallow
25 Mentha suaveolens Ehrh.: apple mint
26 Myrtus communis L.: myrtle
27 Parietaria officinalis L.: wall pellitory
28 Petroselinum crispum (Miller)A. W. Hill: parsley
29 Plantago major L.: plantain
30 Polygonum aviculare L.: knotgrass
31 Portulaca oleracea L.: purslane
32 Rubus ulmifolius Schott: bramble, wild blackberry
33 Ruta graveolens L.: rue
34 Sambucus nigra L.: elderberry
35 Verbascum sinuatum L.: mullein
36 Verbena officinalis L.: vervain, verbena
Ancient Authors Cited or Quoted
Select Bibliography of Secondary Sources
List of Illustrations
Greek Index