The silphium motif adorning ancient libyan coinage: Marketing a medicinal plant

  title={The silphium motif adorning ancient libyan coinage: Marketing a medicinal plant},
  author={Henry Koerper and A. L Kolls},
  journal={Economic Botany},
The Silphium Motif Adorning Ancient Libyan Coinage: Marketing a Medicinal Plant. Economic Botany 53(2): 133–143, 1999. Ancient texts provide an extensive list of purported medicinal benefits for Cyrenaic silphium but omit reference to this extinct, unidentified species o/Ferula (Umbelliferae) as an aphrodisiac. The plant may have been so regarded since ithyphallic and testicular imagery are evoked via stylized representations of the silphium plant and seed pod on the mintage of Greek Cyrenaica… 

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