An Ancient Egyptian Herbal

Lise Manniche

The ancient Egyptians were skilled in the use of herbs and spices for medicines, cooking, cosmetics, perfumes, and many other purposes. Drawing on tex

English edition
184 pp.
23 b/w photographs, 96 line drawings
24X17cm
ISBN 9789774160349
For sale only in Egypt

$24.95

The ancient Egyptians were skilled in the use of herbs and spices for medicines, cooking, cosmetics, perfumes, and many other purposes. Drawing on texts written by the Egyptians and their neighbors, Lise Manniche has reconstructed a herbal of 94 species of plants and trees used before, during, and after the pharaonic period in Egypt. Each plant, from acacia to zizyphus, is named in Latin and English and (where known) in ancient Egyptian, Coptic, Greek, and modern Arabic. The author explains the special properties of each plant, and quotes authentic recipes for cosmetics and remedies. She also dis-cusses the Egyptians’ uses of herbs and flowers for both decorative and practical purposes, and the importance of plants for funerary and festive occasions. A section on perfume draws on the latest research into the ingredients and uses of Egyptian scents.

Lise Manniche

Lise Manniche was educated at the universities of Copenhagen and Cambridge. She is the author of numerous books and articles on ancient Egyptian art, music, sexual life, perfume, Theban tombs, and especially the Amarna period.
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