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Headword: *ba/ttou si/lfion
Adler number: beta,187
Translated headword: Battos' silphium, Battus' silphium
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Aristophanes in Wealth [writes]: "you would not even give me Battos' silphium".[1] [This refers to] the [plant] in Libya, which cures many ailments; it is sweet-smelling and very expensive. For Battos founded Cyrene.[2]
Greek Original:
*ba/ttou si/lfion: *)aristofa/nhs *plou/tw|: ou)d' a)\n doi/hs ge/ moi kai\ to\ *ba/ttou si/lfion. to\ e)n th=| *libu/h|, o(\ qerapeu/ei polla/: h(du/osmo/n e)sti kai\ polu/timon. *ba/ttos ga\r th\n *kurh/nhn kti/zei.
Notes:
See also beta 186. On Battos, see beta 185; on silphium, see sigma 422 and sigma 423.
[1] Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 925 (web address 1).
[2] From scholia on Aristophanes, Birds 533, and Wealth [Plutus] 925.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; biography; botany; comedy; definition; economics; geography; history; medicine
Translated by: Craig Gibson on 20 June 2002@15:55:10.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added note, link, keyword) on 21 June 2002@11:46:18.
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 26 July 2003@10:55:52.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaking) on 23 May 2012@08:04:38.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 14 June 2012@00:15:07.
David Whitehead on 19 September 2015@03:31:34.

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