Theophrastus on Lyngurium: Medieval and Early Modern Lore from the Classical Lapidary Tradition

@article{Walton2001TheophrastusOL,
  title={Theophrastus on Lyngurium: Medieval and Early Modern Lore from the Classical Lapidary Tradition},
  author={S. Walton},
  journal={Annals of Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={58},
  pages={357 - 379}
}
  • S. Walton
  • Published 2001
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • Annals of Science
  • The ancient philosopher Theophrastus (c. 371-285 BC) described a gemstone called lyngurium, purported to be solidified lynx urine, in his work De lapidibus ('On Stones'). Knowledge of the stone passed from him to other classical authors and into the medieval lapidary tradition, but there it was almost always linked to the 'learned master Theophrastus'. Although no physical example of the stone appears to have been seen or touched in ancient, medieval, or early modern times, its physical and… CONTINUE READING
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