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Flower power: Cato’s medicinal recipes

Billet (en anglais) de Jane Draycott paru dans le carnet « The Recipes Project », 13.01.2015

Marcus Porcius Cato (234-149 BCE) is often presented as the archetypal example of the ancient Roman head of the household taking charge of his family members’ health, the result of claims made by Pliny the Elder (23-79 CE) in his encyclopaedia Natural History:

For [Cato] adds the medical treatment by which he prolonged his own life and that of his wife to an advanced age, by these very remedies in fact with which I am now dealing, and he claims to have a notebook of recipes, by the aid of which he treated his son, servants, and household. [Pliny, Natural History 29.8.15]…

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