previous next


But the vicinity of Carthage is claimed more particularly as its own by the fruit the name of which is the "Punic apple;"1 though by some it is called "granatum."2 This fruit has been distinguished into a variety of kinds; the name of "apyrenum"3 being given to the one which has no4 woody seeds inside, but is naturally whiter than the others, the pips being of a more agreeable flavour, and the membranes by which they are separated not so bitter. Their conformation in 5 other respects, which is very similar to the partitions of the cells in the honeycomb, is much the same in all. Of those that have a kernel there are five kinds, the sweet, the acrid, the mixed, the acid, and the vinous: those of Samos and Egypt are distinguished into those with red, and those with white foliage.6 The skin, while the fruit is yet sour, is held in high esteem for tanning leather. The flower of this tree is known by the name of "balaustium," and is very useful for medicinal purposes;7 also for dyeing cloths a colour which from it has derived its name.8

1 The pomegranate, the Punica granatum of botanists.

2 Or "grained apple."

3 From the Greek ἀπύρηνον, "without kernel." This Fée would not translate literally, but as meaning that by cultivation the grains had been reduced to a very diminutive size. See B. xxiii. c. 67.

4 This variety appears to be extinct. Fée doubts if it ever existed.

5 See B. xxiii. c. 57

6 See B xxiii. c. 57.

7 See B. xxiii. c. 60.

8 "Puniceus," namely, a kind of purple.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

load focus Latin (Karl Friedrich Theodor Mayhoff, 1906)
hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

hide References (3 total)
  • Cross-references to this page (1):
    • Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854), SAMOS
  • Cross-references in general dictionaries to this page (2):
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: