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Sapa,1 has a close affinity with wine, being nothing else but must boiled down to one third: that which is prepared from white must is the best. It is used medicinally in cases of injuries inflicted by cantharides, the buprestis,2 the pinecaterpillars known as pityocampæ,3 salamanders, and all venomous bites and stings. Taken with onions it has the effect of bringing away the dead fœtus and the after-birth. According to Fabianus, it acts as a poison, if taken by a person fasting, immediately after the bath.4

1 Grape-juice boiled down to one-third. See B. xiv. c. 11.

2 See c. 18 of this Book. The account here given of the medicinal properties of sapa is altogether unfounded.

3 A worm that grows in the pine-tree, the Phalæna bombyx pityocampa of Linnæus.

4 A mere absurdity, of course. Sec c. 18 of this Book.

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