Calp. Buc. 2.72
qui numerare velit … tenues
citius numerabit harenas.
Plin. NH 19.38
laserpicium, quod Graeci si/lfion vocant, in
provincia repertum, cuius sucum laser vocant,
magnificum in usu medicamentisque.
The plant was doubtless the ferula
asafoetida, the exuded juice of which is
still widely used as an antispasmodic. It helr,
that in his time it had ceased to he produced there, and our
supply comes from Persia and the East Indies.
Cyrenis: Cyrenae (Gr.
*kurh/nh) was the
capital of the district of Libya, called Cyrenaica, that bordered upon the Syrtis
major. It was founded, according to tradition, about the
middle of the seventh century B.C., by Battus, otherwise
called Aristotle, a Greek from the island of Thera, and attained great