Croatian flora plants in Dioscurides work De Materia Medica

Džoja, Ivan (2016) Croatian flora plants in Dioscurides work De Materia Medica. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Herbs play important role in human life since prehistoric time. Morning of medicine is strong related with herbs and botany. Consequently, it should never lose its place in medicine due to the long tradition of using herbs all over the world. One of the first and probably the most influential herbalist was Pedanius Dioscorides with his masterpiece De materia medica. It was so influential that it had main authority in herbalism for over 1500 years. There are 70% species from Dioscorides’ De materia medica in every European herbal. Dioscorides describes about 600 plants what is much more than in works of his contemporaries. He gives descriptions for most plants, but some of them that insufficiently precise to be recognized as exact species. Dioscorides gives practical remedies for almost every known illness of his time, and therein lies its popularity. The comparison with contemporary knowledge of phytotherapy and medicinal plants shows similar use of many plants today. However, there are many superstitions and scientifically unsubstantiated claims. Nevertheless, his work is of great importance because it tells us a lot about usage of herbs in ancient times, plant nomenclature, as well as about habits and belief of the people in the 1st century.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Alegro, Antun
Date: 2016
Number of Pages: 14
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Grozdana Sirotic
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2016 08:44
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 08:44
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/5201

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