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L. Appuleius

commonly called APPULEIUS BARBARUS, a botanical writer of whose life no particulars are known, and whose date is rather uncertain.


He has somtimes been identified with Appuleius, the author of the " Golden Ass," and sometimes with Appuleius Celsus [CELSUS, APPULEIUS], but his work is evidently written later than the time of either of those persons, and probably cannot be placed earlier than the fourth century after Christ. it is written in Latin, and entitled Herbarium seu de Medicaminibus Herbarum; it consists of one hundred and twenty-eight chapters, and is mostly taken from Dioscorides and Pliny.


It was first published at Rome by Jo. Phil. de Lignamine, 4to., without date, but before 1484. It was reprinted three times in the sixteenth century, besides being included in two collections of medical writers, and in several editions of the works of Appuleius of Madaura. The last and best edition is that by Ackermann in his Parabilium Medicamentorum Scriptores Antiqui, Norimb. 1788, 8vo.

A short work, De Ponderibus et Mensuris, bears the name of Appuleius.


This is to be found at the end of several editions of Mesue's works.

Further Information

Haller, Biblioth. Botan.; Choulant, Handbuch der Bücherkunde für die Altere Medicin.


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