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(νάρθηξ; nárth ēx).

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[1] Yellow-flowering giant fennel

(Latin ferula with uncertain etymology). The umbelliferous plant Ferula communis, the yellow-flowering giant fennel, which Theophrastus (H. plant. 6,2,8f., cf. Plin. HN 13,123) describes [1. 61f. and fig. 95-97]. On the coasts of Greece, on the islands and in Lower Italy this plant grows up to 5 m high. The dried stems were used like a c…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), Willers, Dietrich (Berne) and Nielsen, Inge (Hamburg), “Narthex”, 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 25 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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