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7 x 9 7/8 in.
123 pp., 15 color and 41 b&w illustrations

Out of print


A Pompeian Herbal
Ancient and Modern Medicinal Plants

By Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski,
Plant portraits by Victoria I and Lillian Nicholson Meyer
Photographs by Stanley A. Jashemski and others


Table of Contents and Excerpt


"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

When workmen excavating the ruins of Pompeii eagerly gathered the native medicinal plants growing there, Wilhelmina 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 disorders.

In this book, Jashemski presents an herbal of thirty-six 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, while elegant, full-page portraits depict each plant visually.

Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski is internationally known for her work in Pompeii. She is Professor Emerita of Ancient History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of the monumental The Gardens of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Villas Destroyed by Vesuvius.

 Of Related Interest Manniche, An Ancient Egyptian Herbal

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