Searching for Silphium
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  • Release Date: 2022-06-01
  • silphium
  • silphion
  • archaeobotany
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From luxury spice to medical cure-all, silphium was a product coveted throughout the ancient world and occupied an essential place in the export economy of ancient Cyrene. The mysterious extinction of the silphium plant in the 1st century CE leaves us with little evidence as to the exact nature of this important agricultural product.

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Briggs, L.; Jakobsson, J. Searching for Silphium. Encyclopedia. Available online: (accessed on 13 April 2024).
Briggs L, Jakobsson J. Searching for Silphium. Encyclopedia. Available at: Accessed April 13, 2024.
Briggs, Lisa, Jens Jakobsson. "Searching for Silphium" Encyclopedia, (accessed April 13, 2024).
Briggs, L., & Jakobsson, J. (2022, June 01). Searching for Silphium. In Encyclopedia.
Briggs, Lisa and Jens Jakobsson. "Searching for Silphium." Encyclopedia. Web. 01 June, 2022.