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dinis ex aqua calida poto. huius medicinae auctor

est Ovidius poeta. sed effieaciores ad omnia quae ex

hirundinibus monstrantur pulli silvestrium —figura
nidorum eas deprehendit— multo tamen efficacissimi
ripariarum pulli. ita vocant in riparum cavis nidi-

ficantes. multi cuiuscumque hirundinis pullum eden-

dum censent, ut toto anno non metuatur id malum.
34 strangulatos cum sanguine 2 comburunt in vase et

cinerem cum pane aut potu dant. quidam et
mustelae cinerem 2 pari modo admiscent. sic ad
strumae remedia dant et comitialibus cotidie potui.

in sale quoque servatae hirundines ad anginam

drachma bibuntur, cui malo et nidus earum mederi
35 dicitur potus. milipedam inlini anginis efficacissi-

mumputant. alii XX tritas in aquae mulsae hemina
dari per harundinem, quoniam dentibus tactis nihil

prosint. tradunt et muremcum verbenaca excoctum,
si bibatur is liquor, remedio esse, et corrigiam cani-

nam ter collo circumdatam, fimum columbinum vino
et oleo permixtum. cervicis nervis et opisthotono ex

milvi nido surculus viticis adalligatus auxiliari dicitur,

36 strumis exulceratis mustelae sanguis, ipsa decocta in

vino ; non tamen sectis admovetur. aiunt et in cibo

sumptam idem efficere, vel cinerem eius sarmentis

1 cum sanguinc] Mayhoff anginae coni.
2 cinerem Mayhoff : cineres dEr Detlefsen.

a Perhaps " dog's lead."


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BOOKXXX. xii. 33-36

an owl, and bv the ash of a swallow taken in hot
water. The last prescription is on the authority of
the poet Ovid. But more efficacious for all ailments
for which swallows are prescribed are the young of
wild swallows, which are recognised by the shape of
their nests, but by far the most efficacious are the
voung of sand martins, for so are called the swallows
that build their nests in holes on river banks. Many
hold that a voung swallow of any kind should be
eaten to banish the fear of quinsy for a whole year.
They wring their necks, burn them blood and all in a
vessel, and give the ash with bread or in drink.
Some add also to the prescription an equal quantity
of weasel ash. These preparations are given daily
in drink for scrofula and for epilepsy. Preserved in
salt also swallows are taken for quinsy in drachma
doses, for which complaint their nest also, taken in
drink, is said to be a cure. It is thought that an
application of millepedes is very efficacious for
quinsy ; some think that twenty, beaten up in a
hemina of hydromel, should be given through a reed.
because if the teeth are touched the draught is
thought to be useless. They also tell us that a
mouse, well boiled witfa vervain, makes a broth that is
a remedy, as does a thong of dog leather a wrapped
three times round the neck, or dove's dung thoroughly
mixed with wine and oil. For neck-sinews and
opisthotonus a twig of agnus castus taken from the
nest of a kite and worn as an amulet, is said to help,
for ulcerated scrofula a weasel's blood, or the weasel Scrofuia.

itself boiled down in wine, but it is not applied to
sores that have been lanced. They say also that
eating weasel in food has the same effect, or the
animal burned over twigs and the ash mixed with


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