Aboca, in collaboration with the Special Superintendence for the Historical, Artistic and Ethnoanthropological Heritage of the Florence Museum Network, the Uffizi Library and the Drawing and Prints Office of the Uffizi,
presents the facsimile of the unpublished manuscript:
Kitâb al-Diryâq - Thériaque de Paris
Claudio Di Benedetto, Director of the Uffizi Library;
Giorgio Marini, Record keeper for the Drawing and Prints Office of the Uffizi;
Valentino Mercati, Aboca President;
Duilio Contin, bibliologist and Director of Aboca Museum's Bibliotheca Antiqua;
Françoise Micheau, lecturer in Medieval History of Islamic Countries at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne, who with the presentation "The medical importance of the Theriac book", will explain the use of this medicament in the Greco-Roman and Arabic worlds, thus linking it with the Western world.
This fascinating Arabic codex, which we present in the unpublished facsimile, describes theriac, the ancient medicinal mixture that, initially used as the specific cure against venomous snakes and ferocious animals (= thèrion), was then used widely as a panacea.(
The extraordinary illustrated golden miniatures transform each of the 71 pages in a precious work of art that brings forth the fascination for the oriental world. The manuscript, dated 1199, is a document of definite interest for those with a passion for the history of medicine and botany: in particular, the medicinal plants used in the Arabic world are drawn and described according to the recipes of the most important doctors in the Greek tradition, such as Galen and Andromachus.