[Silphium from Cyrenaica, an extinct medicinal plant].

  • Charles Haas
  • Published 2008 in Bulletin de l'Academie nationale de medecine
Silphium was both a spice and a medicinal plant. It was regarded as "one of the most precious gifts of Nature to man" (Pliny), and was one of the main sources of revenue contributing to Cyrenaica's wealth. It was so critical to the Cyrenian economy that most of their coins bore a picture of the plant. But, by the time of Nero, the plant had become extinct… CONTINUE READING