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1 Od. x. 1. 302, et seq.
2 Fée devotes a couple of pages to the vexata quœstio of the identification of this plant, and comes to the conclusion that the Moly of Homer, mentioned on the present occasion, and of Theophrastus, Ovid, and the poets in general is only an imaginary plant; that the white-flowered Moly of Dioscorides and Galen is identical with the Allium Dioscoridis of Sibthorpe; and that the yellow-flowered Moly of the author of the Priapeia is not improbably the Allium Moly or magicum of Linnæus. Sprengel derives the name "Moly" from the Arabic, and identifies it with the Allium. nigrunm of Linnæus.
3 Homer says that there is difficulty to men, but not to the gods.
4 In their pictures, mentioned in c. 4.
5 Ovid, Galen, and Theophrastus, say the same.
6 There must either be some error in the reading here, or the physician must have attempted to impose upon our author's credulity.
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