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ACO Apollonia Silphium Farm- Anton Antonov Marinov

A silphium farm

Silphium or silphion was a medicinal plant that flourished in the wide fields of Cyrenaica during the 1st century BCE.

By 47 BCE, it was widely believed to work as a cure for a number of afflictions, as well as a being a general pain reliever and a contraceptive.[1] During this time, the fields of silphium were heavily guarded, and stealing the plant was punishable by death.[1]

At some point in 47 BCE, a group of silphium farmers gave refuge to a runaway gladiator, Polymestor.[2]

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