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The substance called "antispodos"1 is produced from the ashes of the fig-tree or wild fig, or of leaves of myrtle, together with the more tender shoots of the branches. The leaves, too, of the wild olive2 furnish it, the cultivated olive, the quince-tree, and the lentisk; unripe mulberries also, before they have changed their colour, dried in the sun; and the foliage of the box, pseudo-cypirus,3 bramble, terebinth and œnanthe.4 The same virtues have also been found in the ashes of bull-glue5 and of linen cloth. All these substances are burnt in a pot of raw earth, which is heated in a furnace, until the earthenware is thoroughly baked.

1 Meaning "Substitute for spodos."

2 See B. xxiii. cc. 38, 63.

3 See B. xxi. c. 26, and B. xvi. c. 20.

4 See B. xxi. c. 95.

5 See B. xi. c. 94.—B.

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