Pliny: Natural History, Volume IV, Books 12-16 (Loeb by Pliny, H. Rackham

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Pliny the Elder, tireless researcher and author, is writer of the encyclopedic common background, in 37 books, an unequalled compendium of Roman wisdom. The contents of the books are as follows. booklet 1: desk of contents of the others and of gurus; 2: mathematical and metrological survey of the universe; 3-6: geography and ethnography of the identified international; 7: anthropology and the body structure of guy; 8-11: zoology; 12-19: botany, agriculture, and horticulture; 20-27: plant items as utilized in medication; 28-32: clinical zoology; 33-37: minerals (and medicine), the high quality arts, and gem stones. The Loeb Classical Library variation of typical heritage is in ten volumes.

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36 XVIII. On the frontier of India is a race called the Arian, which has a thorn-bush that is valuable for the juice that it distils, resembling myrrh. It is difficult to get at this bush because In the same district there it is is hedged with Treexof ^adj^mtto fndia. thorns. also a poisonous bush- which and nearly robbed Alexander of his radish," with the leaf of a bay-tree, the smell of attracts horses, when he This also first cntered the region. Gedrosia as well, on account of the and in the same district a foHage of the bay-trees thorn was reported the juice of which sprinkled on the eyes caused bhndness in all animals.

Also there have been writers who have falsely asserted that the frankincense-tree produces myrrh as well as leaf is — frankincense. XXXV. The myrrh-producing tree also is tapped twice a year at the same seasons as the frankincensetree,but in its case the incisions are made all the way up from the root to those of the branches that are strong enough to bear it. But before it is tapped the tree exudes of its own accord a juice called stacte, which is the most higlily valued of all myrrh. Next after 49 PLINY: NATURAL HISTORY ab hac sativa, et in cui nulla praefertur.

The forests measure 20 sckoeni in length and half that distance in breadth '^ it ; ; ' 37 Frank'"*^^^- PLINY: NATURAL HISTORY schoenus patet Eratosthenis ratione stadia eius. hoc est XL, p. V, aliqui xxxii stadia singulis schoe- attoUuntur coUes nis dedere. alti, decurruntque et terram argillosam in plana arbores sponte natae. attingunt et 54 esse convenit, raris fontibus ac nitrosis. Minaei, pagus alius, per quos evehitur tus hi primi tramite angusto. commercium maximeque exercent, a quibus est : nec praeterea runt,2 ac amphus Arabum uno turis fecere Minaeum dictum et alii ^ turis arborem vide- ne horum quidem omnes, feruntque Tn non esse famiUarum quae sibi vindicent, sncros vocari ius ob per successiones id id, nec uUo congressu feminarum funerumque, cum incidant eas arbores ut^ metant, poUui, atque ita reUgione merces augeri.

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