Theriaca (poem)


Theriaca (poem)

"Theriaca" is the longest surviving work of the second-century BC Greek poet, Nicander of Colophon.

It is a 958-line hexameter poem describing the nature of venomous creatures – including snakes, spiders, and scorpions [http://penelope.uchicago.edu/~grout/encyclopaedia_romana/aconite/nicander.html] – and the wounds which they inflict.

Nicander also wrote the companion work "Alexipharmaca", which explored other poisons and venoms.


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