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DIOSCORIDES TRANSLATED

1. [home page] DIOSCORIDES TRANSLATED 2. DIOSCORIDES now and then 3. about the MANUSCRIPTS 4. about the PRINTED BOOKS 5. historical assessments 6. reviews and commentary 7. HOW TO ORDER 8. excerpts from BOOK ONE of DIOSCORIDES 9. excerpts from BOOK TWO of DIOSCORIDES 10. about the illustrators and illustrations 11. FREE DOWNLOADS [entire book] pdf files [not for resale] & ILLUSTRATIONS

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......................   a modern english translation ....

DIOSCORIDES DE MATERIA MEDICA - five books in one volume: New Modern English Translation. A few of the printed books are still available. See HOW TO ORDER page.

opinion & commentary on DIOSCORIDES DE MATERIA MEDICA in brief...........

The great American botanical historian Edward Lee Greene in Landmarks of Botanical History offers a fitting tribute to Dioscorides:
If to have written the most practically serviceable book of botany that the world of learning knew of during sixteen centuries were the best title to botanical greatness, to Dioscorides would readily be conceded the absolute supremacy over all other botanists, not only of antiquity but of all time.


In Historia rei herbariae, 1807-1808, volume 1, Kurt Polycarp Joachim Sprengel wrote:
During more than sixteen centuries, he was looked up to as the sole authority, so that everything botanical began with him. Everyone who undertook the study of botany or the identification of medicines swore by his words. Even as late as the beginning of the seventeenth century both the academic and the private study of botany may almost be said to have begun and ended with the text of Dioscorides.


This volume is profusely illustrated in black and white, with discussions on the botanical illustrations and illustrators, a chronological list of Dioscoridean printed books from incunabula to the present, an invaluable Dioscoridean bibliography, and an extensive introduction covering the history of the man; the teachings; the writings, both manuscripts& printed books; and an overview of the historical assessments of the work of Dioscorides. A new translation of the original dedication and a gazetteer of Dioscorides' world, with modern references for the places mentioned, are also included.


CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS p. vii
EDITORIAL PREFACE p. viii
ORIGINAL DEDICATION p. xi
INTRODUCTION p. xiv
THE BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATIONS p. xxxv
BIBLIOGRAPHY p. xlii
PRINTED BOOKS p. il
GAZETTEER OF DIOSCORIDES' WORLD p. lxviii
BOOK ONE: AROMATICS p. 1
OILS p. 34
OINTMENTS p. 48
GUMS from TREES p. 78
FRUIT from TREES p. 149
FRUIT TREES p. 153
BOOK TWO p. 185
LIVING CREATURES p. 186
FATS p. 214
FRUMENTACEA: CEREALS p. 231
LACHANA: VEGETABLES p. 245
HERBS WITH A SHARP QUALITY p. 306
BOOK THREE: ROOTS p. 365
ROOTS OF AKANTHODA or PRICKLY PLANTS p. 379
BOOK FOUR: OTHER HERBS & ROOTS p. 545
BOOK FIVE: VINES & WINES p. 745
WINES p. 745
OTHER WINES p. 763
METALLIC STONES p. 785

INDEXES
ALTERNATE NAMES p. 837
ILLUSTRATIONS p. 852
LATINISED GREEK NAMES p. 856
MEDICINAL USES etc. p. 865
PLANT MATERIALS etc. p. 890
POISONOUS MATERIALS p. 930

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