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Anonymus de herbis
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Several MSS of Dioscorides contain an anonymous poem of 215 hexameter verses about the qualities of herbs, which was written probably in the 3rd cent. in highly stylized Greek. It refers back to Nicander, Dioscorides and Andromachus [4, the Elder] According to [1], the poetic language shows similarities with the Orphica (newest edition: [1; cf. 2]).


1 E. Heitsch, in: AAWG 1964, 23-38

2 NGAW 1963, 2, 44-49.

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Nutton, Vivian (London), “Anonymus de herbis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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