Pedanius Dioscorides
(354 words)

b. in Cilicia; 1st cent. AD;

Greek pharmacologist.


On Medical Matters was the standard pharmacological reference work in Antiquity; it was translated both in Antiquity and in the Middle Ages. The 5th cent. translation into Vulgar Latin that was later revised in the 11th cent. served as the basis for pharmacological instruction in medieval universities. Fr…

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Landfester, Manfred, “Pedanius Dioscorides”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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