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Kitâb al-Diryâq (Thériaque de Paris)

Marie G. Guesdon, Oleg Grabar, Anna Caiozzo, Françoise Micheau, Jaclynne J. Kerner

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The comments on the manuscript, translated in six languages, are written by five expert Arabists who between them explain everything there is to know on the subject.

This manuscript, which is conserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris (arabe 2964), describes theriac, the ancient medicinal compound that was initially used as a specific cure for bites given by poisonous snakes and wild animals (in ancient Greek, thèrion) and which later became widely used as a panacea.

Aboca Editions publishes this work of certain interest to scholars of botany and the history of medicine. It includes illustrations of the medicinal plants used in the Arab world in the recipes drawn up by the most important physicians in the Greek tradition, such as Galen of Pergamum and Andromachus.

Marie Geneviève Guesdon bibliologist at France National Library.
Oleg Grabar teaches Islamic art at Princeton and Harvard Universities.
Anna Caiozzo Arabist at Paris-Diderot University.
Françoise Micheau teaches Medieval History of Islamic countries at Paris-Sorbonne.
Jaclynne J. KernerEastern Art Historian at Long Beach California State University.



Dimensions cm. 28,5 x 37
Paperback edition
Hardcover in Cialux cloth with gold imprint and Sirio dust jacket
ISBN 978-88-95642-26-0
72 pages,156 illustrations
Languages: Italian, German, Spanish
Languages: French, English, Arab


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