Divine Plants, Medicine of Gods


 A.J. Fabre                             1997


This book gives a new approach to the classical Greco-Roman mythology.

Its main goal  is to show the close relations linking  in the Ancient world, the gods to the world of plants and medicine.

The gods are immortal, but they obey the laws by which every living being grows and supports. This law made of symbols and emblems deified heroes, stars and trees, in a word, all the great forces of nature. In the literal sense, nature is what gives all the power to exist, this is what "gives birth".

Plants have like any living being, a life and age, they propagate and cause they know about the disease and eventually die. However, their status is singular plants from the most archaic times emerged as the preferred link between the earthly world to the divine forces.

Featuring "qualities" and "virtues" plants have strange powers and the first curing diseases or better maintain health. Through them, the elders are convinced: Nature offers to everyone, everywhere and for all the evils of remedies through the grace of the gods or discovered by the instinct of animals.

And appeared very early in the Mediterranean world, the art of prescribing medicinal plants, which would become the plant pharmacopoeia, the foundation of our science of medicines.

This book gives tribute to the magnificence of mythology but also to show a watermark to these stories, therapeutic "message" of antiquity, post mounted in the mists of time. The problem is how to assess the scope: where the ancients judged on criteria of analogy and comparison, our rationalism is based on objective and quantitative criteria.

However, many arguments for therapeutic research-oriented texts Mediterranean Antiquity, "our" inheritance. Around the world, work is underway to explore the medicinal traditions of Asia, Africa and South America: why we carry so little interest in the knowledge of our ancestors?

Achieving these objectives will require a significant investment and can hardly be considered in the long term but you can see, now, a great future for the systematic exploration of the past.

Main chapters are :

Achilles and yarrow

Adonis and the blood drop

Ajax and Delphinium

Aphrodite and myrtle

Apollo and plants from the sun

Artemis and mugwort

Athena and the olive tree

Chiron and knapweed

Circe and magic garlic

Confucius and ginger

Daphne, the laurel and periwinkle

Demeter and poppy

Dionysus and the vine

Echo and Narcissus

Eros and orchids

Asclepius and Panacea

Flora and the magic flower

Hades and the asphodel

Helios and sunflower

Hercules and nympheas

Hermes and colchicum

Hyacinthos and hyacinth

Hydra and Cancer

Io and violets

Iris and rainbow sky

Juno and apple

March and the grass soldier

Medea and aconite

Melampos and hellebore

Mintha and wild mint

Moses and cinnamon

Myrha and shaft with herbs

Paeon and peony

Pan and reed

Persephone and mistletoe

Phoenix and spices

Phyllis and almond

Poseidon and the maritime pine

Prometheus and ferrule

Pyramus and Thisbe mulberry

Silenus and red companion

The nymph Smilax voluble and saffron

Sylla and scilla

Vishnu and pepper

Vulcan and the villainous buttercup

Zeus and incense


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