Based upon the main Greek and Latin literary sources, the work offers a range of information and anecdotes on doctors, pathologies and most importantly medications.
A very rich pharmacopoeia, used by kings and queens, but also by common people, in which a key place is occupied by ingredients derived from animals such as the hyena, the crocodile and the chameleon, or by plants such as silphium, burning bush, hellebore and mandrake, whose healing power against the most different ailments became at times proverbial.
What emerges is a multifaceted universe, in which, often without too many distinctions, medications are juxtaposed with potions and antidotes, the doctor's role overlaps with that of the priest and the magician, herbalists are found amongst sellers of remedies, people gathering roots and even perfumers: surviving snippets of the Greek and Roman world, captured in a lesser known aspect of its daily life.
Giuseppe Squillace teaches Greek Epigraphy at the University of Calabria. Author of numerous artifices and essays on the ancient world, he has published, amongst other works, Philip II of Macedon (Laterza 2009), Perfume in the ancient world (Olschki, 2010), Menecrates of Syracuse. A doctor of the IV century B.C. between Sicily, Greece and Macedonia (Georg Olms 2012), Sappho's gardens (Carocci 2014), Myrrh's tears (Il Mulino 2015).