Brill’s New Pauly

Get access

Camomile
(81 words)

[German version]

(ἀνθεμίς; anthemís, Latin anthemis, Plin., later chamomilla, from which the English name is derived) probably is today's composite genus, Matricaria L. Dioscorides 3,137 Wellmann = 3,144 Berendes (cf. Plin. HN 22,53f.) knew of three species with differently coloured flowers that had warming as well as thinning powers. In antiquity the camomile, as a flower infusion, was already used externally and internally as an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic medicine.

 Anthemis

Bibliography

P. Wagler, s.v. Anthemis (2), RE 1,2364f.

Cite this page
Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Camomile”, 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 19 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e607760>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



▲   Back to top   ▲