Asphodel. An illustration from the Dioscori

 
Asphodel. An illustration from the Dioscori
4 0 c m
 
35cm
actual image size: 27cm x 32cm

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Asphodel. An illustration from the Dioscorides Codex Vindobonensis Medicus Graecus, which was probably published in Constantinople in the 6th century. Dioscorides (true name Pedianos Dioskurides) was a very influential author of herbals in clasical times. Born in Asia Minor, he was probably an army doctor. The original codex contains nearly 400 colour paintings of plants, along with lists of each plant's virtues and its medicinal properties.

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