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Echeon apud Plinium vocatur medicamen ad visum quod fit ex cinere vipere vive cinerate et melle et succo feniculi.


Echeon AC efjp | cheon B {initial letter is missing}
vocatur | catur f
cinerate AC | cremate B ejp | cũ mace f
et succo feniculi om. B efjp
feniculi | finiculi C


Echeon, described in Pliny, is a remedy for improving vision, which is made from the ashes of the incineration of a living viper with honey and feniculus {"fennel"} juice added.


Simon refers to Pliny, 29, 38, 119, ed. Rackham (1938-63: VIII.258), which is on "cures for eye diseases". He says: viperam vivam in fictile novo comburere addito feniculi suco ad cyathum unum et turis manna ... una, atque ita suffusiones oculorum et caligines inungere utilissimum est. medicamentum id echeon vocatur - "Burn a living viper in a new earthenware container adding one cyathus {i.e. cupful} of the juice of feniculum {"fennel"} and a grain of thus {"frankincense"}. With this anoint the eyes and it is most efficacious for opacity of the cornea or cataract and dim-sightedness. This preparation is called echeon".

Latin echeon, in Lewis & Short: echion < ἔχιον /ékhion/ < ἔχις /ékhis/ "viper, adder".

WilfGunther 08/11/2013

See Echisa

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